The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.
Learn more about the history of the museum in a short introduction video.
T/m was established in 1982 as the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, featuring the collections of Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Hall Marshall. Operating in the historic Tureman Mansion on the corner of 52nd and Oak on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, the 7,500-square-foot museum had two full-time staff members.
Over the next 30 years with expansions in 1989 and 2004, the museum grew to 33,000 square feet. During the same period, the collection increased to over 72,000 objects. In 2012, the museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to raise $10.2 million to support building and exhibit improvements. The campaign raised $10.73 million, and the museum began a 19-month renovation in 2014.
The museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures on August 1, 2015, with the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest historic toy collections on public display. T/m’s collection currently numbers more than 93,000 objects – and counting.
Today, T/m is a place where art meets history and every visitor leaves a little younger.
T/m was established as the Miniature Museum of Kansas City
The museum grew to 33,000 square feet during another expansion. With this expansion, the museum was able to increase its collection to feature over 72,000 objects
Mary Harris Francis (co-founder) passes away
Barbara Hall Marshall (founder) retires
The museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to raise $10.2 million to support building and exhibit improvements
Raising $10.73 million, the museum began a 19-month renovation
The museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, with the world's largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation's largest historic toy collections on public display
Toys from the Attic exhibit receives Leadership in History Merit Award from the American Association of State and Local History
Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, exhibit receives Leadership in History Merit Award from the American Association of State and Local History
Barbara Hall Marshall (co-founder) passes away
Petra Kralickova, Executive Directorkralickovap@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8001
CURATORIAL AND COLLECTIONS
Amy McKune, Curator of Collectionsmckunea@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8002
LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT
Madeline Rislow, Sr. Manager of Learning and Engagementrislowm@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8004
Marketing and Communications Coordinator816.235.8009
EARNED REVENUE AND VISITOR SERVICES
Ash Wood, Earned Revenue and Visitor Services Managerashleewood@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8007
Milica Acamovic, Visitor Services Representativemilicaacamovic@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8010
Makayla Cambiano, Visitor Services Assistant816.235.8010
board of directors
MUSEUM FOUNDERS/ Mary Harris Francis, Barbara Marshall
OFFICERS/ Corey Ziegler (Chair), Lori Beam (Past Chair), William A. Hall (Treasurer), Rachel Sterbenz (Secretary)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ Dr. Antonio Byrd, Wolfe Brack, Troy Lillebo, Anne Manning, Teresa Martinez, Margaret McGuiness, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Susan Stanton, Jean-Paul Wong
COMMITTEE MEMBERS/ Julia Gargallo, Julia Jackson, Bob Simmons, Carla Smocks
HONORARY DIRECTORS EMERITI/ J. Scott Francis, David Francis, Margaret Silva
Thank you for your interest in working at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. T/m is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a highly qualified workforce and offers a variety of career opportunities. At T/m, employment is much more than just work. Employees enrich and develop their love of museums, history, and art while contributing their specific skills and talents to the museum mission. The museum is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. Join the T/m team today!
The purpose of this role is to support T/m’s mission to reach new and returning audiences and donors through marketing and communication initiatives. The Marketing Strategist is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of T/m’s strategies for communications and public relations activities. The Marketing Strategist is the first point of contact with the media and works on developing and strengthening media relationships. THIS POSITION REMAINS OPEN UNTIL FILLED with an initial review date of April 27, 2023. APPLY ONLINE at www.umkc.edu/jobs / Job # 46125 or click the orange arrow below for a direct link.Marketing Strategist
Director of Development
The purpose of this role is to support T/m’s mission by developing and implementing the museum’s strategic fundraising goals. As part of the Management Team, the Director of Development will coordinate and implement a fundraising strategy for individuals, foundations, and corporate support throughout the Kansas City region and nationally. The Director of Development will work with the Executive Director to operationalize, oversee, and expand fundraising activities for T/m. THIS POSITION REMAINS OPEN UNTIL FILLED, APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Apply online at www.umkc.edu/jobs / Job # 45534 or click the orange arrow below for a direct link.Director of Development
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Museum Fact Sheet 2023
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