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.
Miniature Maze Closed
Thursday, May 05, 2016 — Tuesday, May 17, 2016
One fifth of T/m’s miniature galleries, The Miniature Maze, will be closed May 5-17 while we make way for some new miniature room settings. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
Cutting Through Stereotypes
Saturday, April 09, 2016 | 1-4PM
Using the Stereotypes to Civil Rights exhibit as inspiration, visitors will create paper figures based on historic or current events, or famous personalities. Included with museum admission. Recommended for ages seven and up.
How Do We Know Who We Are?
Friday, April 08, 2016 | 2-3PM
Collector and author Arabella Grayson will highlight the ways in which the media influences self-image and self-esteem through play. Using current affairs, personal anecdotes, and insights from her rare collection of black paper dolls, Grayson reveals how individuals are always responding to media images by embracing or rejecting them. Included with museum admission. RSVP (816) 235-8005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Two Hundred Year History of Black Paper Dolls
Thursday, April 07, 2016 | 6-7PM
From the late 18th century to the present, social changes have been reflected in paper dolls. Collector and author Arabella Grayson will examine these changes through a chronological history of the origins of paper dolls and the introduction of black paper dolls in popular media. $10 for general admission. Free for museum members, and UMKC faculty, staff, and students. RSVP (816) 235-8005 or email@example.com.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
The museum will be closed on Sunday, March 27, 2016 for the Easter holiday.
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, March 12, 2016 — Saturday, March 26, 2016
Go on the hunt! Pick up a scavenger hunt in the museum lobby. Return it when you’re done for a prize while supplies last.
“Plastic Galaxy” Film Screening
Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 2PM
Do you remember the feeling of receiving your very first Star Wars action figure? Then this documentary is for you! Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys explores the groundbreaking history of the creation of Star Wars toys through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors. Appropriate for ages thirteen and up. Included with museum admission.
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.
Gallery Talk: Pedal Cars and American Car Culture
Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 2PM
Join guest curator Matthew Reeves in the temporary exhibit Pedal to the Metal for a lively discussion about one of the most evocative toys of the twentieth century. Dive into the history of pedal cars and explore how America’s love affair with the automobile influenced this popular toy. 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
Saturday, August 01, 2015 | 10AM - 4PM
The museum will reopen on Saturday, August 1 after an $8 million renovation. New exhibits and interactive experiences will feature the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys.
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.
A Kansas City Dollhouse
Thursday, April 02, 2015 | 2:00PM
Liberty Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library
Nettie Wells, a Kansas City girl who grew up in the 19th century, created a miniature fantasy world within the dollhouse her father built for her. More than a century late, Nettie’s dollhouse is like a telescope that allows us to see into the past. Learn more about Nettie during a first-person performance and enjoy an activity afterwards.
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!