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National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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Toy and Miniature Museum featuring interior views

Revisit your youth at this museum that houses one of the largest collections of dolls, bears and miniature sets in the Midwest.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is one of those classic attractions that makes you long for the simplicity of childhood. The museum has been built from the private collections of locals and is now one of the largest collections of its kind. The dollhouses, model planes and trains, miniature and iconic toys are all on display and many are in perfect condition.

Some of the most prized items in the museum are the more than 100 dollhouses, some dating back more than 200 years. The oldest doll in the museum is from the 1750s and has real human hair. You’ll also find a dollhouse that’s nearly 9 foot (3 meter) high and stocked with gas and running water. The dollhouses provide surprising insight into the way of life centuries ago.

Visit the section on tin and metal models, including planes, trains, cars and trucks. The interactive marble room contains over a million marbles. Have a go at the game itself or watch as the marbles roll about in their displays. The museum has toys from all over the world, including countries such as Russia, England and France.

Some of the most intricate items on display are the miniatures. Often found in the dollhouses, these miniatures are replicas of furniture and art, created with an incredible level of detail. The museum also has the largest collection of works from modern American craftsman William Robertson, who has been making detailed miniatures for over 25 years.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is located on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, in the south of the city. Free parking is available. Buses from downtown stop about a block away from the museum, which is open Wednesday through Saturday, except on public holidays. Admission is inexpensive and children under 5 enter free.

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