The National Museum Of Toys And Miniatures, Kansas City

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

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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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  • Such a great way to spend a couple hours and mess with your sense of scale! Plenty of fascinating and fun exhibits. They do lectures as well. All well worth the price of admission. Clean facilities and courteous staff.

  • 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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  • It's great if you're into this kind of thing, if not, you'll be bored. It's a small museum, and you can be in and out in an hour. The dollhouses and miniatures were cool, and there were even a few from local Kansas Citians. You can interact with some artifacts, which adds to the museum a lot.

  • 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.

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