This miniature room by Narcissa Niblack Thorne is one of the first set of rooms, made before she embarked on sets two and three that are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The room was exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1934) and The Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco (1940). From the early 1960s until 2019, the location of the room was unknown.Find out more
Donors to the Museum’s collection give us much more than their toys. They share their memories of childhood and how those toys how remained special to them. In this gallery, we are highlighting some of the many toy donations received in the last few years.Find out more
The 17-1/2’ long work, created by Los Angeles-based artist Chris Toledo, is comprised of a central atrium and five galleries. The atrium features various classical Greek and Roman architectural elements, which Toledo derived from his observations of design and construction at a number of historic museums throughout the world.Find out more
The exhibit highlights the work of four contemporary artists who use miniatures in their artistic process to explore powerful topics related to the impact of humans on our world. The artists are, as follows: Amy Bennett – paintings, Lori Nix + Kathleen Gerber – photographs, and Carol K. Rasaphangthong – video.Find out more
From chemistry to construction, toys have prepared generations of kids to pursue careers in STEM...Find out more
This special exhibit features a variety of toys, dating primarily from 1880 to 1980, that...Find out more
The toy collection documents society’s cultural beliefs, technological advancements, and the hopes and dreams of generations of children from the 18th century to the present.
Exhibits such as the award-winning Toys from the Attic: Stories of American Childhood examine the role toys play in providing comfort, and teaching skills. Stories collected and told through children’s point of view encourage visitors to think about the meaning of their own toys and fuel conversations about childhood and the importance of memories.Explore Toys
T/m’s fine-scale miniature collection includes architectural works, room settings, fine art, decorative art, tools, equipment, and figures made to scale (usually 1:12). These miniatures are often working reproductions of objects in the full-scale world created by master artists.
Visitors can peek into Louis XV’s study at the Palace at Versailles, an Italian Renaissance studio, or a Boston Beacon Hill mansion, all without leaving Kansas City. Interactive areas such as In the Artist’s Studio highlight the ingenuity and skill miniature artists employ to create their intricately detailed works.Explore Miniatures