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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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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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What a pleasant surprise

I'm sure it's been at least 20 years since I last visited this museum. In the interim they've moved and it's truly a first class experience. There are two floors with the upper... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm sure it's been at least 20 years since I last visited this museum. In the interim they've moved and it's truly a first class experience. There are two floors with the upper floors being primarily toys, though that also includes doll houses over 100 years old. If you're over 10 years old there will be an exhibit that brings... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Jaw-dropping, highly detailed miniatures in mostly 1/12 scale are amazing for their craftsmanship and artistry. Grab a magnifying glass in a gallery to see the details. How did they do that? There's an excellent exhibit that shows the steps the artists take. This extensive collection of items rarely seen elsewhere fills most of the first floor. The toys are on... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I loved the miniatures. These are miniature houses with tiny furnishings that are accurate to scale. Magnifying glass are provided to help you see the tiniest details. You will see the world's tiniest, working grandfather clock. Upstairs you will find interesting toys. You will see an 18th century doll in one gallery and star wars action figures... More 

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chicagoland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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 2 January 2017

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 29 December 2016

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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