DESCRIPTION: Located on the campus of UMKC, the museum preserves and exhibits one of the nation's largest collections of antique toys and the world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures. Explore interactive and temporary exhibits alongside old museum favorites, such as the nine-foot-tall Coleman Dollhouse.
HOURS: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Closed Sun.-Tue. and most major holidays. Hours of operation were adjusted due to COVID-19 and are subject to change.
ADMISSION: Ages 18-65: $8, 65 and older: $7, ages 6-17 and college students with ID: $5; EBT cardholders: $3, children under 5 free. Museum members, active duty service members and UMKC faculty, staff and students free with ID.
HISTORY: 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 30 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. In August 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 historic toy collections on public display.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Visit one of America’s most comprehensive general art museums—The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art—or enjoy the shops and restaurants at the Country Club Plaza.
DID YOU KNOW: The museum’s oldest doll is Georgiana, an English wooden doll circa 1750. Georgiana stands just over 26 inches tall and has a wig made from human hair.
DON’T FORGET: Check the museum’s website for current and upcoming exhibits and events.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Jayson Hajdu, marketing & communications strategist, 816-235-8009 or firstname.lastname@example.org