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.
Depot Street NE
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.
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.
133 Architecture Hall, Lincoln NE 68588-0107. The collection
includes some of Helen Dorsett's early pieces, dating from 1960 to
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Not Given
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
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.
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
Hours: Wednesay-Saturday, 11 a.m. to
4 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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
Admission: Seniors (65+) $6.00, Adults
$7.00, Students (full-time) $6.00, Children (5-12) $5.00, Children
(under 5) Free.
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.