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11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 until 4 p.m.
New Year's Day
Easter Sunday Memorial Day
Labor Day Thanksgiving Eve Day
Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Day
Jan. 6 - Jan. 17, 2014
$3 children under 10
Accepting cash or checks.
Free for Museum members.
No charge just to visit the Museum Shop.
Visit our museum and allow yourself to be transported into delightful magical miniature worlds. The museum’s collection contains over 600 miniatures including room boxes, houses, and exquisite individual items that have been created with painstaking attention to detail. Museum exhibits change each quarter.
What are miniatures?
Small size copies of familiar items have existed for thousands of years. Over 40 centuries (yes, 4,000 years) ago miniatures called burial figures were placed in the tomb of Meket Re, a powerful Egyptian official from the Eleventh Dynasty. These figures were sealed in the tomb and were meant to set the stage for Meket Re’s next life. The Egyptians believed this would allow him to carry his lifestyle with him into the next world. Indeed, miniatures have appeared throughout history and are still created today.
The museum’s collection contains hundreds of miniatures including room boxes, miniature houses, and exquisit individual items. Also included are collections that may be tiny or full size. These rotate throughout the year.
Three Indiana artisans created the museum in order to preserve and display scale miniatures and antique dollhouses, and to introduce this art form to others. The vision of these three women was to insure that collections of quality miniature room settings, houses, and individual pieces would not be lost to future generations.
Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of volunteers, over seventy thousand visitors from all over the world have toured the Museum since it opened in 1993.
Children comprise one-third of museum visitorship. Through miniatures, children learn the concept of architectural scale, the decorative arts, and the importance of detail.
Whether it's the miniature reproduction of Hoosier athlete Major Taylor's bicycle or an example of the beauty of the exterior architecture of a Victorian home, the Museum of Miniature Houses is a fantastic place for adults and children to enjoy the arts, history, and crafts. It is a museum of fine arts in miniature. Museum exhibits change each quarter.