Category Archives: Great Dollhouses

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.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted on 01 September, 2016


Facade of the Nuremberg House on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum


Nuremberg House

The Nuremberg House was made in 1673 and is the oldest dollhouse on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It is small, measuring approximately 42” high, 36” wide and 18” deep, much smaller than most “puppenhausen” made in Nuremberg during that period.


Posted by Susan Downing

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Posted on 04 June, 2016


Elaine Diehl’s Astolat Castle Dollhouse, courtesy of Lois and Dr. Freeman

Elaine Diehl Master Artisan

Most famous dollhouse miniatures were created at the behest of wealthy patrons or collectors. Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, Helena Rubinstein’s Room Boxes and The Catherine Palace commissioned by Carole Kaye, to name a few. The Astolat Castle was created by the artisan herself … with a little help from her friends.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: artisans, Great Dollhouses

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Posted on 16 May, 2016


The Spanish Mansion Dollhouse, French doors open.

Spanish Mansion Dollhouse

The Spanish Mansion dollhouse was made in the late 19th century. It is 4 1/2 feet tall and features a facade with 12 French doors that open to reveal three stories of elaborately furnished rooms. They including a nursery, gentleman’s study, lady’s sitting room, and private chapel — a status symbol for wealthy Spanish families. Carolyn Netter Sunstein added the Spanish Mansion dollhouse to her collection in 1983, paying $20,000.


Posted by Susan Downing

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