The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures

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About The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures, Kansas City

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly known as the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum, is located on the campus of the University of Missouri Kansas City in a 38-room Italianate mansion at 52nd and Oak. (Bequeathed to the University in the 1960s, the home was originally designed for physician Herbert Tureman in 1906 by noted architect John McKecknie and completed by 1911.) Boasting more than 33,000 square feet of exhibit space and a collection of more than 300,000 items, the museum currently welcomes about 25,000 visitors a year. The museum has undergone two expansions in its more than 30 years of operation, and closed for a $9.2 million renovation (mainly of heating and cooling systems) beginning in 2014, reopening in July, 2015. At its origin, the Museum combined the toy collection of Mary Harris Francis with the fine miniature collection of Barbara Hall Marshall; the two women were avid collectors as well as lifelong friends. Opened in 1982, the Museum today boasts the largest collection of nostalgic toys in the Midwest, the world's largest collection of marbles, as well as the most extensive collection of fine-scale contemporary miniatures on earth.

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The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures is a place in Kansas City in the country of United States. Don't expect lot of visitors to The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures since it is not a popular tourist spot in Kansas City.

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Address: 5235 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA

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Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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  • I loved it. There are so many miniature paintings- they are really amazing, but they've miniaturized everything under the sun so I think everyone is going to find things they like. The toys are neat for looking at how times have changed and reminiscing, but I'm more about the miniature section. Tickets are inexpensive and it's a really clean modern museum. I think it would be a fun thing to do for families in combination with something else because you'll probably only spend an hour there with kids.

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  • Such a wonderful experience! The amount of detail put into early era doll houses, and miniatures was fantastic! Really cool that they had the lights working in the majority of the houses and dioramas. Then on the second floor it was great to see toys I vividly remember playing with as a kid. I'm not a big wizard of oz fan, but even that was laid out well. It also had characters that I've never even heard of! So that really caught my attention.

  • What a COOL place! Very enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Incredible miniature (and smaller than miniature?) collection. Just amazing! Great facility and staff, too. Best for kids over 10.

  • fun to see all the old non-tech toys. they have the original Pong, metal Tonka trucks, Cabbage Patch dolls, Tinker Toys and more...

  • Extremely amazing to see such skilled work. It is really cool to see how skilled these artists who make the miniatures are! The history of toys is also pretty cool.

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