THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TOYS AND MINIATURES

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Toy Display

PHONE: 816-235-8000

WEB SITE: www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The museum’s collection of toys and miniatures is more than 72,000 objects.
  • One of the most impressive collections of fine scale miniatures in the country, including intricate pieces like Noah’s Ark and the Palace of Versailles.
  • More than 100 antique dollhouses with thousands of antique furnishings.
  • A gigantic doll collection with an emphasis on pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • The Museum’s gift store features unique gifts and toys.  

HOURS: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1-4 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon., Tues. and most major holidays.

ADMISSION: Ages 5 and up: $5, children under 4 free. Museum members, active duty service members and UMKC faculty, staff and students free with ID.

HISTORY: The museum was opened in October 1982 by two native Kansas Citians—dollhouse collector Mary Harris Francis and miniature expert Barbara Marshall. Originally the mansion of a Kansas City doctor, the original building was built in 1911. A major renovation in 1989 tripled the size of the museum and another wing was added in 2003, bringing the total size of the two-floor facility to 33,000 square feet. In 2012, the museum embarked on its pubic capital campaign to support building improvements. Following an $8 million renovation, the museum reopened on Aug. 1, 2015, to display the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and antique toys.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: The Country Club Plaza’s long list of eateries is only a few minutes away from the museum. The Brookside area is also just a short distance away.

WHAT’S NEARBY: Take in a free tour at one of America’s most comprehensive general art museums—The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art—or browse the 150 shops and restaurants that line the Country Club Plaza. 

DID YOU KNOW: The museum’s oldest doll is Georgiana, an English wooden doll circa 1750. Acquired by the Museum from the Bahamas, Georgiana stands just over 26 inches tall and has a wig made from human hair. 

DON’T FORGET: Prairie River Story Weavers host story time in the museum every Saturday. It’s free with paid admission.

GROUP TOURS: Groups of 10 or more may schedule a 60-minute guided tour of museum highlights. Call for more information.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

From the south: From I-35 North, take the Shawnee Mission Parkway/56 E exit. Continue on Ward Parkway/Volker Boulevard for about 10 minutes, traveling east. Turn right on Oak Street. The museum is at the corner of Oak and 52nd.

From the north: Take I-35 South, exit on Southwest Trafficway after traveling through Downtown. Stay on Southwest Trafficway for approximately 20 blocks. Go left (east) on 47th Street, taking you through the Plaza. Turn right on Oak Street. The museum is at the corner of Oak and 52nd.

From the west: Take on I-70 East, exit on I-35 South and then exit again on Southwest Trafficway after traveling through Downtown. Stay on Southwest Trafficway for approximately 20 blocks. Go left (east) on 47th Street, taking you through the Plaza. Turn right on Oak Street. The museum is at the corner of Oak and 52nd.

From the east: Take I-70 W, travel through Downtown and join the I-35 S traffic. Exit on Southwest Trafficway and drive for approximately 20 blocks. Go left (east) on 47th Street, taking you through the Plaza. Turn right on Oak Street. The museum is at the corner of Oak and 52nd.

PARKING: Free in the lot directly north of the museum near 52nd Street.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Cassie Mundt, community development coordinator, 816-235-8006 or mundtc@toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

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Derek Klaus
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816-691-3848
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