National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

5235 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112- Map It
Phone: (816) 235-8000
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National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is at 5235 Oak St. This museum on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City brings out the child in everyone, with thousands of well-loved toys and miniatures dating from the Victorian era through the 20th century. The antique toy collection includes teddy bears, toy soldiers, dolls, cast iron cars, trains, and toy kitchens and shops. The Marble Gallery contains hundreds of glass orbs, and a floor-to-ceiling kinetic marble sculpture enthralls visitors of all ages. Antique Victorian dollhouses are furnished both with commercially made pieces and items made by the children who played with them. Highlights include Georgiana, a 1750s fashion mannequin; the 9-foot-tall Coleman dollhouse; and a giant Steiff bear. A fine-scale miniature collection features contemporary artworks that are created in exquisite detail, right down to the dovetailed drawers, and often function like their full-scale counterparts. Notable architectural works include a replica of the Palace of Versailles, a Colonial Georgian mansion (Twin Manors) and the Studiolo Gubbio from the Gubbio Palace in Italy. Special events, including storytelling, scavenger hunts, family days, holiday events, craft workshops and temporary toy exhibits, take place throughout the year.
$5; free (ages 0-4, and University faculty, staff and students and active duty military with ID).
Hours: Wed.-Mon. 10-4. Last admission is 45 minutes before closing. Closed major holidays. Allow 1 hour minimum.