Wednesday, October 21, 2015

National Toy & Miniature Museum-Toys & Dolls

On my recent trip to Kansas City I stopped by to visit the
 newly renovated National Toy & Miniature Museum.
This is just a tiny sampling........
Sorry for the quality of the photos, my time was
 limited.  The lighting & focus was a nightmare for my camera
that's on it's last leg...time to talk to Santa about a new one.
I have provided links to some items on the T & M 
Museum website if you would like to see better photos.
(click the tiny photo to enlarge when you get there)
 The Coleman Dollhouse-1864
Coleman Dollhouse 
The Isabella Frazier Dollhouse-1870
 Most are very grand, but

I was so drawn to this simple colorful bungalow.
Annie Horatia Jones Dollhouse-1860
So much to see in the kitchen...
Who's the boss of the stairs?
 I am especially fond of wooden dolls so
I lingered in this section.
Wonderful Grodnertal peg dolls in Welsh costumes.
The gentlemen are so tall and properly dressed.
So tiny to fit inside this velvet lined walnut shell.
This large Grodnertal Tuck Comb is 
a stunner in her exquisite silk dress.
Amazing carved detail, beautifully painted
and in pristine condition. 
Wonderful costumes on these carved dolls.
 Rooms of dolls, furniture, dishes etc.
 A full wardrobe & a fine chatelaine.
A lovely china lady.
A simple chromium yellow pleated calico 
dress with a deep hem & blue velvet trim.
A pretty paper mache with teeny tiny cartridge pleating.
Steiff dolls and animals galore.
Simple cloth dollies.
 Rooms of toys from marbles to pedal cars.
This handmade German Noah's ark is from the 1860's.
Some things never really change.
Hope you enjoyed the peek! 
Next post is the miniatures.


  1. Wow, what an exciting adventure that must have been. I am very impressed by the collection, they all seem to be in pristine condition too. Thank you for sharing Sherri,♥

  2. I had you in my thoughts. I wish I could have taken closer photos with better detail. Glad you enjoyed the tiny peek.

  3. Talk about inspiration.... you must have been bubbling over! My favorite...the woodcutter, of course. :~) And, the Tuck Comb is a real beauty. I can never look long enough at the costumes on old dolls. Thanks for taking us along...

    1. I've been to this museum a dozen time over the years & still see things I've never seen before. The new look is less cluttered so things are actually closer to the eye. They will revolve some of the displays every 6 months, so there will always be new things to discover. It was just luck that they had the special display of wooden dolls. I could hardly make my self move on from the amazing collection. I loved the Tuck-Comb, the Woodcutter and President Lincoln were my favorites....beautiful costuming on the men!

  4. I am happy that you were able to visit such a wonderful place. I think your pictures turned out well and I have enjoyed seeing all of them. That is quite a collection. You must get a lot of your inspiration from the dolls displayed here. I look forward to seeing your next post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I've been many times, I love it. I often took my nieces and daughter when they were young, even my husband has gone a couple times. The miniatures were their favorites. I was rather pressed for time so I skipped some of the dolls and toys, but they will be there next time!

  5. Oh my! I'm drooling!! My desire for a dollhouse has been renewed! And wow! What talent some people have to carve a doll from wood! My favorite dolls were the simple cloth ones. So glad you shared your trip with us!

    1. The next post is the miniatures, some of the photos I took were with you in mind, I hope you enjoy them too! I enjoyed the cloth dolls too, but they have very few really old ones. So many of them just didn't survive.

  6. I'm so glad you got to see that! My mom would have been in doll-house heaven with all those. Love the Steif and Georgiana especially (and the cloth dollies.)

    1. I drool over the dollhouses too. The miniature section has some amazing dollhouses, but I am especially fond of the "loved" toys. I had hoped to see Miss Mary the Izannah Walker doll. She will be displayed during the Christmas holidays......I'll just have to go back!

  7. A wonderful place. I know you enjoyed it. all the dolls are beautiful. If Miss Mary will be out at Christmas, you should go back and study her. I enjoyed seeing the dolls and the doll houses. I have always loved doll houses too.Can't say I saw a favorite, all were wonderful.

  8. I had hoped to see her again on my last few visits, but she has been put away for conservation reasons & then the renovation took about 18 months. She's so beautiful and looks to be in excellent condition, but she is very fragile so they don't expose her to the light full time anymore. I definitely want to make it back during the holidays to see her and get some good photos to share. Hopefully we will have good weather, my fingers are crossed.

  9. What elaborate doll houses! Can you imagine finding that under the Christmas tree! Beautiful! Such detail on the clothing, wow! I would love to go with you next time you go, especially to see Miss Mary, a wonderful treasure.


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