We are mourning the loss of our co-founder Barbara Marshall. She passed on April 21, 2021 of natural causes in Kansas City, MO. She was 97 years old. Barbara will be remembered as a longtime supporter of arts education. At T/m we are honored to carry on her passion for fine-scale miniatures.
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.
Black Lives Matter
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures stands with Black people everywhere in the fight against structural racism, discrimination, and police brutality. We grieve the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks, and countless others.
We support Black Lives Matter. We are speaking out to acknowledge our accountability and to amplify our dedication to listen, learn, and create dialogue around social change.
Acknowledgment is T/m’s first step in committing to the work toward racial equity. We pledge to invest intentional efforts and resources for greater diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion for our community.
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 86,000 objects.
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
board of directors
T/M FOUNDERS Mary Harris Francis, Barbara Hall Marshall
OFFICERS Lori Beam (Chair), Corey Ziegler (Vice Chair), Kimali West (Past Chair), William A. Hall (Treasurer), Rachel Sterbenz (Secretary), Petra Kralickova (Executive Director)
BOARD Karen Christiansen, J. Scott Francis, Teresa Martinez, Margaret Silva, Robert Simmons, Susan Stanton, Jean-Paul Wong
HONORARY DIRECTOR David Francis, Emeritus
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Museum Fact Sheet 2021
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