Doll House Museums
There are doll house museums located all over the
country. While many are larger museums that choose to display
miniature amongst their other exhibits, there are a few that exclusively
have miniature houses, miniature dolls and miniature furniture.
The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis is one
such place. Created in 1989, the museum provides a hosting site
for educational events of cultural relevance. In addition to its
displays, The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis conducts workshops
for hobbyists of all skill levels and abilities. Builders of miniature
houses may also be interested in the miniatures only
garage sale hosted here every year.
Located for many years within the Knotts Berry
Farm complex, Motts Miniatures is now located nearby in Fullerton,
California. This historic company, founded by the Mott Family
in 1911, features an extensive collection of miniature houses
and miniature dolls. Allegra Mitchells fascination with
miniature dolls began with ones that she would collect from Cracker
Jack boxes. A few years later, after she had married a young man
named DeWitt Mott, they began to share their love of miniature
houses and DeWitt started to make them. Though the museum has
had hard time staying open since leaving the Knotts Berry
farm facility, the shop that sells miniature supplies is still
open and operational.
The doll house museums of Miniature Houses, located
in Carmel, Indiana is a great place to view private collections
and to attend events pertaining to miniature houses and the miniature
furniture used to accessorize them. Founded in 1991, the museum
is a non-profit organization supported by members and friends.
Annual events and fundraisers also help to fund operating expenses.
In addition to miniatures, the doll house museums also houses
a number of books and periodicals on the topic. This literature
is available for purchase.
Within the scope of the Chicagos famous Museum
of Science and Industry is Colleen Moores miniature Fairy
Castle. Taking up an entire room with its size and scope, Moore
has done more than just build a miniature dollhouse. She has created
an entire world, complete with miniature houses, dolls and every
conceivable amenity. By the time the castle was complete, over
700 craftsmen had worked on the project and it carried a price
tag of over $500,000.
Within their Walterboro, South Carolina bed and
breakfast, Diane Forde and her husband Henry Ruthinoski have created
their own miniature museum. Miniature houses fill the real house
in order to attract other miniature doll enthusiasts from across
the globe. They have created an ideal setting by operating the
museum within the scope of the bed and breakfast. Guests are free
to spend as much time as they need to appreciate the full scope
of the collection, and since they guests are sleeping in the museum,
the collection of miniature houses never closes.
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