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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 01 August, 2017


National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

History (from the website)

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. The Coleman Dollhouse, pictured above, is a fine example.

Let The Great Images Roll

I am sure the museum is marvelous and I hope to visit someday. In the meantime, I will content myself with what I think is one of the best looking websites on the Internet. When it’s time to let my mind roam free, I fill half of my 24” monitor with the Museum’s Home page, then click on Collections in the top nav bar. The working space fills with two squares – nice color combo, soft orange for Toys and aqua for Miniatures. Click on either, poke Next when needed, and you get seemingly endless slideshows of wonderful pieces in the museum. Very relaxing, if I don’t have to concentrate on what’s I’m doing on the other half of the screen.

Miniature Masterworks Competition Deadline

The deadline to submit applications for this competition is June 1, 2016. That’s almost RIGHT NOW folks. In partnership with IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, the three-day event will offer fine-scale miniature artists a showcase to sell their work. All artists working in the field are eligible to apply and compete for the Barbara Marshall Award for Artistic Achievement. Click here to download an application. Miniature Masterworks takes place September 15, 2017 ― September 17, 2017


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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