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Founders Mary Harris Francis & Barbara Hall Marshall

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The National Museum of Toys / Miniatures Exterior

Mission Statement
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.

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HISTORY

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.

Mary Harris Francis Biography

Barbara Marshall Biography

  1. 1982

    T/m was established as the Miniature Museum of Kansas City

  2. 1989

    Museum expansion

  3. 2004

    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

  4. 2005

    Mary Harris Francis (co-founder) passes away

  5. 2010

    Barbara Hall Marshall (founder) retires

  6. 2012

    The museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to raise $10.2 million to support building and exhibit improvements

  7. 2014

    Raising $10.73 million, the museum began a 19-month renovation

  8. 2015

    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

  9. 2016

    Toys from the Attic exhibit receives Leadership in History Merit Award from the American Association of State and Local History

  10. 2018

    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

  11. 2021

    Barbara Hall Marshall (co-founder) passes away

our staff

ADMINISTRATION

Petra Kralickova, Executive Director
kralickovap@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8001

CURATORIAL AND COLLECTIONS

Amy McKune, Curator of Collections
mckunea@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8002
Calleen Carver, Collections Manager
carverc@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8003

LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT

Madeline Rislow, Sr. Manager of Learning and Engagement
rislowm@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8004

MARKETING

Sarah Biegelsen, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
sarahbiegelsen@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8009

EARNED REVENUE AND VISITOR SERVICES

Ash Wood, Earned Revenue and Visitor Services Manager
ashleewood@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8007
Mandy Farrow, Lead Visitor Services Representative
farrowma@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8010
Milica Acamovic, Visitor Services Representative
milicaacamovic@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8010
Audrey Seider, Visitor Services Representative
audreyseider@toyandminiaturemuseum.org 816.235.8010

STUDENT ASSISTANTS

Makayla Cambiano, Visitor Services Assistant
816.235.8010
April Cowan, Visitor Services Assistant
816.235.8010
Everett Dufur, Visitor Services Assistant
816.235.8010

board of directors

MUSEUM FOUNDERS/ Mary Harris Francis, Barbara Hall Marshall

OFFICERS/ Lori Beam (Chair), Corey Ziegler (Vice Chair), William A. Hall (Treasurer), Rachel Sterbenz (Secretary)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ Wolfe Brack, J. Scott Francis, Troy Lillebo, Anne Manning, Teresa Martinez, Margaret McGuiness, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Margaret Silva, Susan Stanton, Jean-Paul Wong

COMMITTEE MEMBERS/ Dr. Antonio Byrd, Julia Gargallo, Julia Jackson, Bob Simmons

HONORARY DIRECTOR/ David Francis, Emeritus

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Careers

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!

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press

For further information or to schedule a press visit, please contact Sarah Biegelsen by email to sarahbiegelsen@toyandminiaturemuseum.org or call 816.235.8009.

PRESS KITS
Museum Fact Sheet 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY
For Hi-Res images of the museum and collection, please contact Sarah Biegelsen by email to sarahbiegelsen@toyandminiaturemuseum.org or call 816.235.8009.

Please review the museum’s photography rights and permissions.

ANNUAL REPORTS & FINANCIALS
2018 Audit
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2019 Audit
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2020 Audit
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