Skip Navigation

Legal Terms


As a national leader in the preservation and dissemination of knowledge about toys and miniatures, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) respects the intellectual property rights of others. T/m is committed to upholding its legal and moral obligations with respect to the use of copyright protected works, artists’ moral rights, copyright legislation, and other copyright licenses and agreements, trademarks, and patents.

In the digital age, the preservation and dissemination of knowledge is fostered by the use and reuse of digitized content for research, education, and creativity. The museum’s online collection’s goal is to increase access to collection objects for students, artists, collectors, and others. Certain objects in the T/m collection may be protected by copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights not owned by the museum. The museum can only grant permission to reproduce collection materials that are in the public domain, for which the museum has a license, or for which the museum is the owner of the intellectual property rights. In many cases, T/m owns only the physical objects. The museum does not assume any responsibility for intellectual property, copyright, or any other legal issues involved in the publication and reproduction of items in its collection if those rights are held by other individuals or entities. It is the responsibility of the individual to obtain permission from the copyright owner or administrator. The individual must furnish written proof of copyright permission granted to T/m prior to an image being released.


All text, images, and website contents are the property of The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures unless otherwise noted. The museum makes available images, text, and data on the museum and its collection to researchers, students, and the general public for personal, non-commercial, educational, and academic purposes or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws.

Personal use includes, but is not limited to, personal, educational, or research purposes only. Written permission is required from T/m for image reproduction or publication. Scholarly use includes, but is not limited to, books, exhibition catalogs, or similar works produced by museums, libraries, and nonprofit organizations; public-television broadcasts; and other items made available to a relatively limited audience.

Any commercial use (reproduction, redistribution, publication, or other use by electronic means or otherwise) without written permission from T/m is prohibited. Commercial use includes, but is not limited to, for-profit publications, textbooks and curriculum materials, motion pictures, large-circulation magazines, advertisements, and other items made available to a relatively wide audience. Requests for commercial use are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. T/m reserves the right to regulate the nature and duration of commercial use.

Images from the T/m website may be used and shared for fair use or non-commercial purposes with acknowledgment of The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Users must cite the author and source of the material(s) and include the museum’s website URL, By downloading, printing, or otherwise using materials from the museum’s website, users agree that their use falls within the terms of fair use and will not violate the rights of the museum or any other person or entity.

If you require higher resolution images for publication, personal use, or research, please contact the Marketing Department at 816-235-8009 or


Except as permitted above, the reproduction or redistribution of any portion of T/m website content is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. To request permission to use or reproduce images of objects from the collection, the museum logo, videos owned or created by the museum, and/or images of the museum architecture, please contact the museum at 816-235-8000 or

Journalists desiring permission to reproduce materials for publication, please contact the Marketing Department at 816-235-8009 or

For press and other special photography, including filming, please contact the Marketing Department at 816-235-8009 or pickerell@

Use of Collection Images

Requests for the use of collection images should be submitted to the Marketing Department at 816-235-8009 or

All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include the name and contact information of the individual making the request, intended use, publication title, anticipated date of publication, requested image, and format requirements. Permission is granted for one time use only.

Additional uses or future reuse (including additional publications or editions) require an additional request. The permission, any photographic materials, and/or digital files cannot be transferred to a third party or to another user. Images cannot be cropped or altered in anyway without permission from the T/m Marketing Department. The user must credit The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures as the source of the image and state explicitly that the image is used with permission.

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures reserves the right to deny a request for reproduction without explanation. Copying or redistributing images in any form for personal or corporate gain is prohibited. Image requests must be submitted at least one month prior to the date the image(s) are needed to allow sufficient processing time. For more information about the museum’s policy, please contact the Marketing Department at 816-235-8009 or

Photography in the Museum

In the museum, photography without flash is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photography is not permitted in areas designated as “No Photography;” this may include special exhibitions or objects on loan from private collections or other institutions. Flash photography and any additional photography equipment, including but not limited to tripods and monopods, require special permission from the T/m Marketing Department. Additionally, any photography that endangers the objects or museum visitors, or disrupts the museum experience in any way is prohibited. T/m reserves the right to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph or reproduce objects in the T/m collection at its sole discretion.

T/m may photograph or videotape visitors for promotional or educational purposes. Attendance on T/m property is implied consent for the use of visitors’ likenesses for marketing purposes.

Third-Party Analytics

We use third-party analytics services (such as Google Analytics) to evaluate your use of this website, compile reports on activity, collect demographic data, analyze performance metrics, and collect and evaluate other information relating to the website, mobile, and Internet usage. These third parties use cookies and other technologies to help analyze and provide us the data. By accessing and using the website, you consent to the processing of data about you by these analytics providers. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit

Back to Top

Connect With Us