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Bridging the Gender Divide: Toys That Build STEM Skills

July 15, 2020 - September 5, 2021

From chemistry to construction, toys have prepared generations of kids to pursue careers in STEM...

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Opera Toy Theater

Parlor Performances: Theatrical Toys for Home Play

October 19, 2019 - January 2, 2021

This special exhibit features a variety of toys, dating primarily from 1880 to 1980, that...

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The Doll Gallery

February 2, 2019 - February 2, 2022

Thirty-five new dolls are on exhibit, including a Queen Anne-style doll (1750-1800); Baby Moss, a...

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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.

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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.

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