Meet the Experts: Let’s Play House
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this five-week exploration of special topics. On October 16, Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor will explore the golden age of custom dollhouses in T/m’s collection and the exhibit Let’s Play House. The program includes a lecture and gallery visit. Included with museum admission.
Meet the Experts: Forever Young
Sunday, October 09, 2016 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this five-week exploration of special topics. On October 9, T/m’s photography specialist will examine early Victorian photography and portraiture in conjunction with the new exhibit, Forever Young: Victorian Photographs of Children and Their Toys. The program includes a lecture and gallery visit. Included with museum admission.
Meet the Experts: Singing Cowboys
Sunday, October 02, 2016 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this five-week exploration of special topics. On October 2, collector Larry Nokes, whose display of Roy Rogers toys is on exhibit in T/m’s Hall of Collections, will discuss the singing cowboys of the late 1930s. The program includes a lecture and gallery visit. Included with museum admission.
Farewell to Summer Free Day
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | 10am-4pm
Check one last thing off your “summer fun” list with free admission to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.
Summer’s End Museum Store Sale
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 — Monday, August 29, 2016
30% off select merchandise while supplies last!
Saturday, August 06, 2016 | 1-3:30PM
In the 18th century, Rococo style was all the rage. Check out the museum’s newest miniature addition, the Rooms of Versailles, and get fancy making a miniature desk fit for a king. Gallery talks and guided tours at 1PM and 2PM and hands-on workshop from 1PM-3:30PM. Recommended for ages seven and up. Included with museum admission. Museum members enjoy all ten weeks of adventures for free.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 — Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 1-3:30PM
Explore the museum collection through gallery talks and guided tours, then visit the hands-on workshop to make you own toy or miniature. From paper dolls to ships, each week features a new theme. Included with museum admission. Become a member today to enjoy all ten weeks for free!
Board Game Night for Grown-Ups
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 5-9PM
$5 General Admission | Free for Members
Don’t have a Clue what to do for your next Mystery Date night? Scrabble over to the museum where we have a Monopoly on classic board games. At $5 per person for all-you-can-play games and retro refreshments, there’s little Risk involved. Please bring friends that are 18+ for this grown-ups only night.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 10AM-4PM
Let the art of imagination inspire you at the museum’s first Write-In: a gathering of people writing together at the same time for fun and productivity. Find a comfy spot in the beautiful Tureman Education Center with your laptop or borrow some paper. Prompts featuring the museum collection and tours at 11am and 2pm can help get the creative juices flowing. Snacks will be provided. Included with museum admission.
Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America
Saturday, February 20, 2016 — Sunday, August 21, 2016
Featuring the private collection of noted author, lecturer, and collector Arabella Grayson, explore the 150-year evolution of cultural images of African Americans in paper dolls from Little Black Sambo and Aunt Jemima to Jackie Robinson and Missy Elliott. Photography is not allowed in this exhibit. Learn more in the press kit.
Coleman House Opening
Saturday, December 05, 2015 | 10am-4pm
The annual tradition returns! See the museum’s nine-foot-tall dollhouse decked out for the holiday season. Get up close as museum educators open the doors for a day of in-depth talks about the museum’s largest dollhouse. Talks at 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, and 2:30-3:30pm. Included with museum admission.
Art as Ambassador: The Friendship Dolls of 1927
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 5:30pm Doors Open, 6:00pm Lecture
General Public $10
Members and UMKC Faculty, Staff, and Students Free
Alan Scott Pate, the leading American authority on Japanese dolls, will give a lecture about the American/Japanese Friendship Doll Exchange of 1927 in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibit, Messengers of Goodwill. After his talk, Pate will answer questions in the exhibit gallery, which features 5 of the original Japanese Friendship Dolls, including the museum’s own Miss Fukushima. Seating is limited. RSVP 816.235.8005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedal to the Metal
Saturday, August 01, 2015 — Sunday, August 28, 2016
Experience America’s obsession with four-wheeled vehicles big and small in an exploration of the history, design, and production of pedaled playthings. From the Garton Kiddilac to the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, see how suburban kids have rolled in style!
Messengers of Goodwill
Saturday, August 01, 2015 — Sunday, January 03, 2016
Discover the story of how dolls were used to mend diplomatic relations. Step into 1920s Japan and America to view five of the three-foot-tall friendship doll ambassadors reunited for the first time since 1927.
Highlights from the Collection of The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — Sunday, February 22, 2015
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
While the museum was closed for renovations, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presented a selection of room settings, ceramics, furniture, and silver from T/m’s fine-scale miniature collection. Some of the miniatures featured were replicas of works in the permanent collection of the Nelson-Atkins.
Antiques Roadshow Features T/m
Monday, April 07, 2014 | 7PM CST
Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Marshall Martin visited The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures and gave two of our dollhouses their moment in the spotlight. Don’t miss Kansas City, Hour 2 of Antiques Roadshow at 8/7c!