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Current Exhibits

Featured Manufacturer Gallery / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

This gallery features changing exhibits showcasing a specific toy manufacturer. Currently, the exhibit focuses on...

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optical toys exhibit room

Optical Toys / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Take a peek at the history of optical toys from Peep Shows through ViewMaster. The...

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main miniature gallery

Miniature Galleries / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Name any type of full-size object and you are likely to find a miniature version...

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iconic toys on display

Iconic Toys / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Whether you were born in 1945 or 1995, or any time in between, you’ll find...

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art deco jewelry store display

Miniature Maze / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Wind your way through a maze of miniature rooms and be a-mazed at what you...

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toys from the attic exhibit

Toys From the Attic / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Once, when we were children and the world was full of wonder, toys were the...

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doll houses on display

Let’s Play House / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Can you imagine playing with a dollhouse that is over 9 feet tall? The 9’...

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visitors in the artist's studio

In the Artist’s Studio / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Have you ever wondered how miniatures are made? Your questions are answered In the Artist’s...

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Louis XV microscope

Masterpiece Gallery / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Museum co-founder Barbara Hall Marshall had a vision for a special room to display 31...

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toys display

Toys, Inc. / Long-term Exhibit

January 1 - December 31

Toy production mirrors the innovations, triumphs, and conflicts of a swiftly changing world. Evolving over...

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Past Exhibits

bridging the gender divide illustration

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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baby moss

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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Nativity

Toys

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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Miniatures

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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