The original collections of toys and miniatures that went into the museum belonged to Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall. The first building was 7,000 square feet in size. In 1985 and 2004, the building was expanded until it was 33,000 square feet. By that time, the collection included over 72,000 objects.
|A miniature castle|
A capital campaign was started in 2012 to raise money for a new, bigger building, which opened on August 1, 2015. The museum has the world's largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the country's biggest antique toy collections.
I wanted to go with Mom to see all the little tiny things in the museum. I thought that since I am a member of a breed of very small dogs, I would fit right in. But Mom said dogs are not allowed to go in the museum, even miniature dogs. Toy breeds are not allowed in the museum either, which does not seem fair. But there was nothing I could do about the situation except stay home and take a nap.
|It's hard to show how small these things are, which is why Mom should have|
taken me along for size comparison. This cabinet is only 12" or 14" tall,
and that means the artist had to use a very small brush to paint the scenes in it!
Anyway, Mom took a bunch of pictures for me to put in my blog. I will show you the pictures of miniatures today, and the pictures of toys another day. Mom said to apologize because some of the photos are sort of fuzzy. This was due to the fact that everything was behind plexiglass, and also because she was using her cell phone camera.
|A miniature doll and dollhouse, with a miniature dog chewing on a miniature teddy bear.|
|A very small living room with a tiny wing chair and two little dogs.|
|There was lots of miniature furniture and miniature dishes. |
The dog in this scene is cuddling with a cat, which is something that never happens at our house!
|Two women are chatting in the doorway of this little English cottage.|
|Those fingers are Mom's. She was trying to show how little the piano and harpsichord are.|
|A stringed-instrument maker's shop inside a regular-sized violin. All the tools and everything are there.|