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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures



The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.


The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures opened in 1982 as the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City featuring the collections of Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall. Operating in a building on the corner of 52nd and Oak on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, the 7,000-square-foot museum had two full-time staff members.

Over the next thirty years with expansions in 1985 and 2004, the museum grew to 33,000 square feet. During that same period, the collection increased to over 72,000 objects. In 2012, the museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to support building and exhibit improvements.

On August 1, 2015, the museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures with the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest antique toy collections on public display.

Upcoming Events

July 2016

Treasures of the Kings: 18th Century French Interiors in Miniature

July 30, 2016 - July 30, 2020

T/m is honored to premiere three new fine-scale miniature room settings on long-term loan from Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailor in London and the exclusive provider of robes for the British Royal Family. Treasures of the Kings highlights Louis XV and Louis XVI royal furniture arranged in two room settings from the Palace of Versailles and one from the Palace of Fontainebleau. The centerpiece of the collection is Denis Hillman’s Bureau du Roi. Comprised of over 16,000 individual pieces…

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June 2017


June 10, 2017 - June 3, 2018

You may not know who Donna Moore is, but if you grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, there is a good chance you played with one of her soft toys. Based in Kansas City, Moore was one of the most prolific toy designers of the late 20th century and her products were sold all over the world. From the “Crazy Crop” characters for Hallmark to the Beatles John, Paul, George, and Ringo for Determined Products, explore Moore’s career and…

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November 2017
Included with museum admission

Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962

November 11, 2017 - January 6, 2019

Marble playing ruled playgrounds for much of the twentieth century. Requiring only a handful of marbles and a patch of dirt, the game crossed all economic and social barriers. In 1947, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) created a national marble tournament to positively influence young boys and re-engage WWII and Korean War veterans in civilian life. The tournament, an annual event for 14 years, was a life-changing experience for the thousands of kids who participated. Playing for Keeps tells…

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January 2018

The Way We Played

January 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018

At Union Station through May 28, The Way We Played is a first-time collaboration featuring toys from the T/m collection in conjunction with The Art of the Brick exhibition. Our toys reflect our place in time, the values our parents held dear, and the technological advances of our society. But the way we used them to shape our stories, the way we played, is our own. These rich personal experiences are the heartbeat of The National Museum of Toys and…

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March 2018

Creepy Crawler Workshop

March 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Step back in time to experience the fun of pouring liquid goop into metal molds to create creepy insects, creatures, and figures. Spend the afternoon making three “crawlers” with the toy Time magazine included in its list of the 100 most influential toys. $5 museum admission includes all materials, but the workshop can accommodate only 15 people so reservations are required. Call (816) 235-8005 or email to reserve a spot. Please note, due to the use of hot surfaces,…

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Included with museum admission. Free for members.

Mibsters in Training: Spring Break Marble Craft

March 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on March 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on March 29, 2018 at 1:00pm

Create a special marble craft to take home! On March 15 and 29, kids of all ages can create a special necklace or keychain made out of a crackled marble. On March 22, make a forever friend by crafting an animal using clay and marbles. Included with museum admission. Free for museum members.

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April 2018

Meet the Experts: View-Masters with Curator Amy McKune

April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On April 8, trace the history of this optical toy and hear how McKune has captured three-dimensional images and turned them into View-Master reels. Included with museum admission. Free for museum members.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Remember those long, glorious Saturday mornings enjoying fabulous cartoons, delicious cereal, and cozy pajamas? Now is your chance to relive the glory days of classic Saturday morning cartoons from the 1980s-90s. Wear your PJs if you want. We’ll serve up the cereal. Included with museum admission. Free for museum members. Space is limited, so an RSVP is required. Call (816) 235-8005 or email to reserve your spot.

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May 2018

“May the 4th Be With You” Night for Grown-ups

May 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come to T/m, you will! This May 4th, visit your museum not so far away for an epic outer space adventure. Don your outer space garb, learn the ropes of space battling, meet your favorite characters, and graduate from an exciting experience that will qualify you to decide who shot first. This is not a trap– visit with your friends and family 18+ to enjoy out-of-this-galaxy snacks and drinks, and to celebrate May the 4th Be With You Day. At…

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