THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TOYS AND MINIATURES

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

DESCRIPTION: The museum preserves and exhibits one of the nation's largest collections of antique toys and the world's largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures. Explore interactives and temporary exhibits alongside old museum favorites, such as the nine-foot-tall Coleman Dollhouse.

PHONE: 816-235-8000

WEB SITE: www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  •  The world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures.  
  • One of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys on public display.
  • Collection of toys and miniatures totaling more than 72,000 objects.
  • Special events for adults and families throughout the year.
  • The Museum store featuring unique items.

HOURS: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed-Sun. Closed 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 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.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: The Country Club Plaza’s long list of eateries is only a few minutes away from the museum. Visit Q39 Midtown, Fogo De Chao and McCormick and Schmick's for tasty bites.

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 online calendar for upcoming exhibits and events. http://www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org/upcoming.

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.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Lynn Pickerel, marketing manager, 816-235-8009 or pickerell@toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

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