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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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Address: 5235 Oak St, Across from Univ of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64112
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+1 816-235-8000
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 16:00
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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly the Toy and Miniature...

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, reopened on August 1, 2015 after an $8 million renovation. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures features one of the nation's largest collection of antique toys and the world's largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures.

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We stopped by this larger than expected museum and only had an hour. If you like miniatures (doll house size and smaller), this is a fascinating place. The collection is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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chicagoland
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chicagoland
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by this larger than expected museum and only had an hour. If you like miniatures (doll house size and smaller), this is a fascinating place. The collection is extensive and truly amazing. The displays are well presented and adequately documented. As an outsider to this subculture I would have like more descriptions of the works of art, The... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on a college campus. If your interest is in miniature doll houses and furniture you'll like it. Includes a collection of toys from the 50's forward to about the mid 80's. You don't miss much if you bypass this.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a very small fee of $5 we all had a lovely time. We thought we'd be there for an hour and left nearly 3 hours later. Our children, ages 8 and 11 both thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the interactive sheet they were given kept them engaged. Fascinating miniature section and the toy museum was a trip down the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This museum adjacent to the campus of the University of Missouri at Kansas City is a little known jewel of a museum. The top floor contains toys that have been popular through the years and is interesting but the first floor contains the miniatures and is the true highlight of the museum. A miniature is a scale model that works... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

A great unusual toy and miniature museum, well worth the $5 and hour or so. There are really really miniature items.....like they have to be viewed through microscopes....pretty cool and unique.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

RIght next to Univ of KC, the bottom level is full of miniature items including furniture, musical instruments and everything you would see in a doll house

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a museum to spend about an hour and a half at and we found it here. We were delighted to see the vast collection of miniatures. It was so fun to admire the fine detail with oversized magnifying glasses. Looking at toys through the decades was also great fun.

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Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This very good museum is well worth the five dollar price of admission. Located in modern building with very professional and well organized and well lighted displays ranging from microscopic miniatures which must be viewed through a microscope to detailed and historic doll houses over eight feet tall. The second floor houses historical and rare toys to more current toys.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to this museum. It was so amazing, many, many toys that I had Had and forgotten about. So well put together, we stayed 3 hours and enjoyed it very much.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I believe this is one of the most unusual museums I've visited. It's dedicated to all things tiny. If you think this is just about doll houses and you've seen that, done that. It's not. These are perfectly proportioned miniatures and in many cases they're functional. It's not just for children. This is a wonderment for anyone.

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