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Museums & Places to See Miniatures

The Dorsett Publications resources pages are an "act in progress." We'll add references as time and energy allow. If you know of a great site, drop us a line and we'll add it to our collection.

 

The Scale Cabinetmaker and Historic Cambria Depot Museum & Workshop

630 Depot Street NE
Christiansburg, Virginia

The workshop and headquarters for Dorsett Publications. We are located in an 1868 Tuscan Italianate Depot (Helen Dorsett's labor of love). In addition to exhibits about the Depot, we also have many of the original prototype models from the pages of The Scale Cabinetmaker on display. If you are driving along I-81 in Virginia, swing off the interstate and ask for the two-bit tour.

Admission: Free, Donations accepted.

Hours: Memorial Day through New Years: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from January 2nd until Memorial Day. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Midwest

Chicago Art Institute (Thorne Rooms)

111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Perhaps the pre-eminient collection in the US. The Thorne Rooms spawned the miniatures hobby in a way that no other single display, in part because they led to the growth of the miniature craft in the United States. Certainly, the Thorne Rooms were an influence on Jim and Helen Dorsett, as well as many other craftsmen from the 1960s and early 1970s. If you are a fan of miniatures and all things small, you can thank Mrs. James Ward Thorne for creating what is still the best miniature display around.

Admission: Adults $23.00; Seniors, Students, and High School Students (ages 14 to 18) $17.00; Children under 14 years of age Free. The museum is also free for Illinois residents on Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Art Institute is well worth the price of admission, but plan to spend a good portion of the day and enjoy their entire collection.

Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Thursday, 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Kruger Collection (University of Nebraska)

133 Architecture Hall, Lincoln NE 68588-0107. The collection includes some of Helen Dorsett's early pieces, dating from 1960 to 1966.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission: Not Given

Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis

4746 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63116

Founded in 1989, the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis features both permanent and special exhibits, sponsors workshops, and holds special events, including the annual miniatures "garage sale."

Admission: Seniors (62+) $4.00; Adults $5.00; Students (13-18) $4.00, Children (2-12) $2.00. Members Free.

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays.

The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections.

111 East Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032

The museum features more than 50 miniature houses, as well as individual pieces and roomboxes.

Admission: $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for children.

Hours: Wednesay-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City

5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64112

In addition to an extensive permanent collection, the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City features special exhibits, events, programs, and a museum shop.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.

Admission: Seniors (65+) $6.00, Adults $7.00, Students (full-time) $6.00, Children (5-12) $5.00, Children (under 5) Free.

South

Miniature Museum of Merritt--Tiny Town Tours. Mountain Home, Arkansas

Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts

7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, Texas 77074. Located on the campus of the Houston Bible University.

The collection includes the Schissler Miniature Furniuture Collection, 23 miniature pieces dating from the 1800s, and Theo Redwood Blank Doll Collection.

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Admission: Not provided.

West

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys

1880 Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado, 80206

The museum features exhibirs, special events, field trips, workshops, a tea room, and a museum store.

Admission: Seniors (62+): $5.00; Adults: $6.00; Chilren (5-16): $4.00; Under 5: free.

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays.

 

To suggest sites for our resource list, email us at Dorsett Publications.

 

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Last Updated: 20 April, 2014
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