Exhibits

The Wooten Desk

Known as the “King of Desks” during its heyday in the late 1800s, the Wooten desk was a result of a changing workplace.  The increase in paperwork, and where to store it, was solved by an Indi...

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Hantel Miniatures

Hantel was originally established in Warwick England in 1973 by Mrs. Frances Wilson, to manufacture fine pewter giftware. The company then moved to Scotland. During those early years Hantel produce...

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Mannerist furniture

The Museum owns many fine examples of Mannerist furniture. The Mannerist style of furniture developed in New England as a derivative of the Medieval style in Europe. Wood was plentiful for European...

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The Curious, The Unusual, The Extraordinary

The museum was incorporated back in 1991.  That means we’ve had a lot of time to grow our collection and, along the way, to encounter many curious, unusual and extraordinary items that are very ...

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Nancy Keegstra Collection

Nancy was a miniaturist and a collector from Michigan.  Her family brought her eclectic collection of nearly 600 items to the museum in 2019.

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Wonderful Wagons

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Fun and Games

Back in the 1800s, poker players seemed to use any small valuable object imaginable to place bets, sometime jagged gold pieces or chips made of wood or clay. By the 20th century, poker c...

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Warwick Miniatures

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Clocks

The museum has dozens of clocks in its collection, including one inch and quarter inch scales.  Many of the clocks are in working condition.  Here we feature clocks made by Mark Stockton, Frances...

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Eileen Vernon Pottery

Eileen and her husband, Sid, are both juried Fellows in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.    They are from Virginia and started their miniature business in 1985. Their pottery is wh...

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Lamps by Mary Carson

Mary Carson worked under the trade name Hammer-n-Smith in California. 

She was well known locally and nationally among doll collectors for her work with miniature dolls. She was a member o...

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Wicker

Wicker has been around for thousands of years and is in fact one of the oldest furniture making techniques recorded by history. Wicker, which is a type of weave, has been recorded as being used for...

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Pewter by Jim Ison

Here we feature the pewter work of Jim Ison, who started as a full-time miniature artisan in 1982. He has taught several classes for the Guild School, Castine, Maine, the National Association of Mi...

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Crank Toys

One of the first mechanical toys was a flying pigeon created 400 years BC. Outstanding examples appear in the 16th century with Leonardo da Vinci’s walking lion and in the 18th centu...

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The Household Arts

The household arts were central to domestic life until well into the 20th century. Often simple tools were used to sew, crochet, knit, spin, weave, quilt and embroider.

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Quarter Inch Dolls from the Abbott Collection

Most miniatures are made in a 1” to 1’ scale, meaning that a six-foot tall grandfather clock would appear as 6” in miniature.  The dolls seen here are made on a ¼” to 1’ scale, so that ...

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Jane Graber’s Sgraffito

Jane Graber’s sgraffito ware is particularly special because it requires applying two successive layers of contrasting slip or glaze to an unfired ceramic body, and then scratching so as to rev...

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Stores and Shops

Many of our stores and shops were made by Kathy Centracchio and Emma Rogers.  Several of them come from the collections of Dorothy Stickles and from Bea and Harold Abbott.

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Victoria’s Choice

3Victoria’s Choice, made by museum co-founder Suzanne Landshof, is a fine example of what a good kit (from Real Good Toy Company) and careful craftsmanship can achieve.

Suzanne completed ...

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Jane Graber’s Redware

Redware refers to a utilitarian style of earthenware pottery using clay with a high iron content, which turns reddish-brown when fired. American redware was cheap earthenware, very often with a c...

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Home Is Where The Hearth Is

Kitchens tell us so much about the prevailing culture and are a reflection of its values and philosophies.  They play a prominent role that it plays in our lives in both the physical and social st...

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Sue Lerchen Collection

Sue Lerchen donated many room boxes to the museum.  Here are some of them.

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A Miscellany of Room Boxes

Many miniaturists opt to make boxes with one room instead of entire houses with many rooms.  The museum owns more than one hundred room boxes.  Here is a selection of them by various artists.

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Lighthouse plate series by James C. Clark

The museum is fortunate to have a collection of plates made by James C. Clark to commemorate Michigan's Sesquicentennial in 1987.  The plates are decorated with various Michigan lighthouses from t...

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Geranium Cottage

The Geranium Cottage is a “one of a kind” miniature made from scratch by Tish Blackford.

Tish was from Kentucky and she supported five children for many years by making miniatures to se...

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Room boxes donated by Edwina Carlton

 Edwina Carlton was an avid collector of miniatures.  She also looked for unusual settings, some of which are shown here.

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The Mitchell Mansion

The Jacquie Mitchell Mansion is a 23-room 1-inch scale miniature house donated to the Museum in May 2012. This mansion was a model built by Tom Buchta in 1986-1987 for Jacquie and Ed Mitchell so th...

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California Contemporary

This California Contemporary house was created and donated by Mrs. Bernice Wolf.  It is a rare example of a 3/4” to 1’ scale.

She said that while she was antiquing, she saw something i...

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Shanunga

Shanunga is the creation of noted late miniature artist, Pam Throop.  It traveled to the house’s owner in California, and then to Hawaii before it was brought back to the mainland and donated to...

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Ella Reulbach and Americana

Ella depicts human culture in miniature, specifically American life, in single scenes.  The vast majority of her works includes dolls, which are more expressive than realistic.  Her scenes includ...

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Diana Dalton’s Georgian House

4Diana was the wife of a Standard Oil of Indiana executive and lived all over the world. She had gone to Parsons School of Design in New York and, to keep her hand in interior design, got into mini...

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Hoosier History in Miniature

The history of Indiana starts more than 10,000 years ago, with the first inhabitants known as Paleo-Indians. Over the next several thousand years, countless groups of nomadic people traversed the...

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Model Ships

Model shipbuilding is as old as shipbuilding and water faring itself. They can vary in size from 1/6000 scale to a size that can carry human passengers. Besides being used as toys and architectural...

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The Space Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by President Eisenhower in 1958, after the launch of Sputnik I in October of 1957. The "Sputnik Crisis" led Congress to ena...

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Medicine in Miniature

Now more than ever, healthcare workers should be celebrated as the heroes that they are! The last century has seen a significant advancement in technology and procedures to help treat the sick. The...

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Familiar Characters

Some favorite famous figures from our permanent collection include our small scale dolls of some familiar faces including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh. 

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Mini Toys

Many view the hobby of creating and collecting miniatures to be for the adult who refuses to give up on their childhood love of dollhouses and building the dollhouse they never had as kids. We coul...

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Japanese Culture

Japanese culture is no stranger to miniatures - the haiku, a 17 syllable poem, the bonsai is a tree grown in a small pot, and netsukes, small carved sculptures worn on a cord as part of men's cloth...

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Charlotte Hunt

Charlotte Hunt was always fascinated by miniature paintings, ornaments, and snuff boxes, but when she discovered the world dollhouses and miniatures in the early 80s, she was hooked. While visiting...

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Wedding Season

It's wedding season! According to theknot.com's 2017 Real Weddings Study, 78% of weddings take place between May to October. Miniaturists are certainly no differ...

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Mark and Sharon Stockton

Mark and Sharon Stockton started their miniature career in 1982 when a Sacramento miniature shop asked Mark to create a series of school desks. One thing led to another, and the couple soon became ...

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Unique vignettes

Miniaturists continue to amaze audiences with their ingenuity and creative ability to turn just about any space into the perfect small scale setting.

 

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Unique Settings

Miniaturists are known for their creative ingenuity, but some take their art outside of the typical room box or miniature house. The Museum of Miniature Houses is fortunate to have several unique v...

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Travel with Miniatures

This summer is going to look a little different with so many plans being canceled or rescheduled, but that doesn't mean we can't travel via miniatures! Some of our travel themed miniatures include ...

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Alan Lornie of Bespaq

Before closing a few years ago, Bespaq produced some of the finest miniatures in the world, showcasing furniture styles from the Medieval period to Contemporary in both 1" and 1/2" scales. The wide...

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Fairy Tales in Miniature

The first known fairytale dates back to 3rd Century BC India and pre-date the written word passed down as oral traditions. These traditional folk tales were perfected and put to paper by the Brothe...

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Dureen Anne Ruff

Dureen Anne Ruff started out as an elementary school art teacher before leaving her job to raise four children. She got her start in miniatures in 1969, making and selling 1" scale upholstered furn...

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Living Spaces

Many of us are spending more time at home and using that time to clean, organize, and redecorate. Miniaturists are spending that time similarly to reorganize and decorate their mini living spaces.<...

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Thorne bar

Born in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1882, Narcissa Niblack Thorne had a fascination with miniatures as a young girl. Her later marriage to James Ward Thorne, heir to the Montgomery-Ward Department store...

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Dorothy Stickles’ New England Colonial

This typical five-window New England Colonial house by Dorothy Stickles includes many period pieces, which were made by leading miniaturists of the day. Look at the rush seats on the dining room ch...

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7000 Gracely Drive

Museum co-founder, Nancy Lesh, created this Tudor-style house from scratch between 1980 and 1993, spending more than 1000 hours creating this replica of her childhood home that sits on Cincinnati's...

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Carol Hardy

Carol Hardy began her career making miniatures in the late 1970s. As a child growing up in Southern California, Carol became fascinated with miniatures from the Mott Miniature Collection. Famous fo...

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Le Chateau

This gorgeous French Chateau came to us from Wheeling, West Virginia as a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Alan Fawcett. The couple traveled to Reims, France in 1990 to celebrate Dr. Fawcett's 70th birthday ...

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Abbott Collection

Bea and Harold Abbott came to miniatures later in life, beginning their expansive collection in 1985. They were members of Hoosier Mini-Mizers, an Indianapolis miniature club, and were long-time do...

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Harry Smith

Harry Smith has an extensive educational background that prepared him for a lifelong career in the arts. Smith studied art at St. John's Academy, architecture at Washington University, fine arts at...

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Allen Thede

Allen Thede started his miniature career after retiring from the Air Force as a nuclear engineer. He and his family were stationed in Dayton at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Thedes liked the...

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Susan Hoeltge

Susan Hoeltge's interest in miniatures began in 1976, first as a collector and then as an artisan. She began working exclusively in 1/2" and 1/4" in 1982, designing and creating everything she sold...

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Mini Food

While faux food has existed as long as dollhouses, the first commercial mini food models came from Japan in 1917. Miniature food creations have come a long way from the wax models of the early 20th...

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Sir Thomas Thumb

Sir Thomas Thumb is not only a beloved member of King Arthur's Court but also a family legacy in the miniature world.
After spending two years creating custom dollhouses, Thomas J. Iacono st...

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Fashion

Fashion tells a story about what the designer wants the wearer to feel, what it says about the wearer, it tells about a socio-economical standing. Many techniques used to create full-sized fashion ...

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William and Carol Kubesh

William and Carol Kubesh not only share a home but also a deep passion and talent for creating miniatures. William is truly a life-long artist, selling his first drawing at nine years old. He is a ...

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Dorothy Stickles

231010Though she never created her own miniatures, Dorothy Stickles had impeccable taste in miniature decor and furnishings. Dorothy commissioned the Yellow Georgian in early 1979 from Andrews Mini...

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Mother’s Day

Anna Jarvis first celebrated Mother's Day in the United States in 1908 at St. Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Anna's campaign to establish the holiday began in 1905, ...

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Jim Ison

Jim Ison studied architecture in college. He went on to work in residential design, trade show exhibits, and store planning. Combining such professional experience with his work in the construction...

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Stringed Instruments

Mini stringed instruments. It is believed that the first stringed instrument was a hunter's bow, or musical bow, used a single string instrument. Musical bows were used as far back as 13,000 B.C., ...

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Jane Graber

Jane Graber has an artful background. She received an Associate of Arts degree in Art from Heston College in Hesston, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind...

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc has stood as a heroine for young girls and a legendary figure of French history since the Middle Ages. She is most celebrated for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Ye...

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The Shakers

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, first appeared in 1774. This celibate group believed in practicality and simplicity, as reflected in their f...

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Playing mini games

Mini game sets prove that seeking and creating fun has no limits!


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Pennsylvania German Redware Ceramics

The Pennsylvania Germans also referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch, are a cultural group of 17th and 18th Century German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants. The majority of the ...

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Raggedy Ann and Andy

The most commonly known story about the origin of Raggedy Ann starts in 1915. Johnny Gruelle's daughter, Marcella, brought him a faceless rag doll from her grandmother's attic. Gruelle, a cartoonis...

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Nancy Summers

Nancy Summers started as a doll maker. In 1976, a gift shop in Greenfield asked her if she could make her specialty Little Orphan Annie doll for a miniature kitchen scene. She enjoyed the project s...

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Breyer Horses

While the Kentucky Derby didn't run on the first Saturday in May this year for the first time in 75 years, that does not mean that we can't enjoy the pageantry of the day. Breyer Animal Creations i...

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Furniture of Leon Scott

After retiring from making furniture, Leon Scott continued this passion in miniature. Leon Scott made miniatures under the company name, Leonetta. Scott first ventured into the world of miniatures ...

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Rococo Revival

The Rococo Revival emerged in Second Empire France during the mid-19th century. For much of Europe, the Rococo decorative art style represented a national style, and its reemergence evoked a sense ...

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Miniatures in Bloom

April showers bring...mini flowers! Miniaturists are known for being innovative while crafting their creations, but miniature flowers present a fascinating dilemma, which is creating something deli...

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Gudgel Houses

In 1979, Gil and Marge Gudgel were asked to make a 1/144th scale Cape Cod-style house as a souvenir for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts Houseparty.
The attendees loved the ...

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Warren Dick

Warren Dick is considered one of the early pioneers of miniature making. He started his workshop in the 1940s as a form of relaxation after retiring from the Air Force. Warren was a self-taught art...

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Kathie Babcock Baskets

Kathie Babcock, an artisan member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, found her way to miniatures through her mother, miniaturist Mary McGrath. Kathie went to her first show in 1988 a...

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Francis Whittemore Glassware

Francis Whittemore was a Master Glassblower for 66 years when he retired at 82 years old and a lifelong artist. He first became interested in glassblowing as a senior in high school. He set out to ...

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Lady Jane Conservatory

Linda Young, known professionally as Lady Jane, is a talented artist well-known to miniaturists for her glass room boxes. The museum is very lucky to have one of her room boxes, gifted by Museum co...

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Ron Bufton

Ron Bufton launched his art career in the late 1960s when he began to create metal sculptures for a local gallery. Bufton made the transition from sculptor to miniaturist in 1975 when he was approa...

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Nantasy Fantasy

A.J. and Nancy Quinby, better known in the miniature world as Nantasy Fantasy, have been active artisans for over 30 years, producing museum-quality reproductions of Victorian-era antiques and life...

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Mini Crown Jewels and the Tower of London

The Tower of London has an infamous history. Most notably known as a prison, it was built in the 11th Century and served as one until 1952. However, this castle is so much more than a prison - it h...

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Ralph Partelow Harpsichords

Ralph Partelow has created beautiful miniature pianos for more than 40 years. He began taking piano lessons at age 11. In school, he created miniature pianos in shop class rather than the usual bir...

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Vivian Barnes and Narcissa Thorne

In 1999, the Museum of Miniatures Houses received the Vivian Barnes Collection, consisting of 200 dolls and 42 roomboxes. Vivian began her work in miniatures in the late 1970s when she and her husb...

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The Claudon Cats

Chuck and Ferbie Claudon, aka The Butterfly Cat Studio, are best known for their realistic miniature cats. They are also known for their series called Kitty Kitsch, which comprises 1" scale epoxy c...

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Therese Bahl’s Rufus Porter Room

Therese Bahl, Artisan and Fellow in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, specializes in American Folk Art., muraled room boxes in particular. She earned a degree in fine arts from Carnegi...

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Peter Acquisto

Peter Acquisto started working in his father's woodshop as a teenager where he learned how to carve and to use power tools. At age 20, Pete went into business with a friend selling Indian jewelry i...

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Norma and Fred Kowalke

Norma and Fred Kowalke dedicated more than 30 years of their lives to the creation of miniatures. Their passion for miniatures was born out of Norma's interest in collecting antique dolls. Judee Wi...

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James C. Clark

James C. Clark, who also works under the business name Your Local Potter, first entered the world of ceramics in the early 1970s. He experimented with non-scale ceramic miniatures and was eventuall...

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Susanne Russo’s unique furniture

Susanne Russo, a juried Fellow in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, is best known for her period brass hardware and unique furniture designs. Susanne has created incredibly unique furn...

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Miniature Books

Miniature books are not just small but rather those that are 3 inches or smaller in height, width, and thickness, and within this definition of miniature, there are more categories. These include m...

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A 1970s dream house
This gorgeous 1/12th scale A-frame house was built by Cyd Raduchel of Mod Pod Miniatures and is on loan to the museum. Many of the furnishings were created by the artist.



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LaVerne Sullivan and Sherlock Holmes

LaVerne Sullivan's interest in miniatures began in 1965. LaVerne set her father to work to build her a rudimentary 4-room dollhouse. The first house was a learning curve. At this time, there were n...

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LaVerne Sullivan’s Sherlock Holmes’ Bedroom

LaVerne Sullivan's interest in miniatures began in 1965. LaVerne set her father to work and built her a rudimentary 4-room dollhouse. The first house was a learning curve. At this time, there were ...

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Sullivan Inn, part two of two

LaVerne Sullivan's love of miniatures started in 1965, her father made her a miniature house. During her early years in miniatures, LaVerne focused on the American Victorian Period in her settings....

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Laverne Sullivan’s Hotel

LaVerne Sullivan's love of miniatures started in 1965, her father made her first miniature house, and it was a learning experience. During her early years in miniatures, LaVerne focused on the Amer...

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The Art of Natasha Beshenkovsky

Natasha Beshenkovsky studied painting at the Moscow Art School of the Academy of Fine Arts, from 1956 to 1963. In 1968, she graduated from the Institute of Cinema as a film director specializing in...

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Easter, 2020.
Our Virtual Gallery, Easter, 2020.
Rabbit from the Bea and Harold Abbott Collection, eggs made by Carol Lenon, "Faberge" egg made by Brooke Tucker.




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Oldham Studio

Bert and Norma Oldham, both retired teachers and artists, began devoting all of their time to creating miniatures in 1986. Oldham Studio specialized in Early American furniture of the Colonial peri...

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Suzanne Landshof’s New Orleans Breakfast

Museum co-founder Suzanne Landshof’s New Orleans Breakfast is part of a pair. Shown here in detail is the groom's pre-wedding breakfast in New Orleans while its partner room box, French Bedroom H...

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French Bedroom Honeymoon 1939

Museum co-founder Suzanne Landshof’s French Bedroom Honeymoon 1939 shows the bride’s room as she unpacks for the honeymoon.


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Chicken Kitchen

The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections recently received a donation of nine room boxes from museum co-founder Suzanne Landshof, including her Chicken Kitchen. Suzanne has dedicated th...

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Suzanne Landshof’s room boxes

The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections recently received a donation of nine room boxes from museum founder Suzanne Landshof. Suzanne has dedicated the last four decades and devoted co...

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The wonders of Paul Saltarelli

Paul Saltarelli has been honored as a juried artisan in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans for his work in miniatures, namely creating paintings and painted furniture.


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Bad, bad kitty

Bad Bad Kitty was created and donated to the museum by Linda Knight in 2013.

On a trip to a miniature show, Linda accidentally knocked over some porcelain. The dealer made Linda buy the bro...

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Dogs, Dogs, and More Dogs

Dogs made by Carol Cardinal and Gail Morey.

Carol Cardinal specializes in animals, particularly dogs, Carol started making dogs in 1980 and is completely self-taught. Though she spec...

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Royal Wedding Dining Room

The commemorative vignette of Prince Charles and Lady Diana's 1981 Wedding Dining Room was donated by Dorothy Stickles in 2002. It is unclear as to who created the room box but the silver is by IGM...

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Victoria’s Choice

Victoria’s Choice was made from a kit sold by Real Good Toys Company. Suzanne Landshof, a Museum co-founder, did all of the finishing, window treatments, curtains, bedding, and most of the carpet...

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Major Taylor’s bicycle

The museum's replica of the bicycle Major Taylor raced in 1898 was made by John Muse, a museum volunteer. He spent more than 200 hours, ensuring each detail was true to the original design. The res...

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The California Contemporary

The California Contemporary house was created and donated by Mrs. Bernice Wolf. It is a rare example of a 3/4” to 1’ scale.

Mrs. Wolf said that while she was antiquing, she saw somethin...

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Meet museum co-founder Suzie Moffett

Suzie Moffett co-founded the Museum of Miniature Houses, incorporating in 1991 and opening the museum to the public in August 1993.

Her entry point was needlework: curtains, bedspreads, uph...

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The 1861 House

The oldest house in our permanent collection is the house made by Thomas Russell in 1861 for his niece.

(The following letter was handwritten by the builder of this house and conce...

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Permanent Collection

Our museum’s collection comes from the more modern miniature world and includes children’s doll houses that are not to scale (and have been well-loved), as well as small scale reproductions of ...

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Tilt-top table by Gerald Crawford

With its cabriole legs, tilted tabletop, and mahogany finish, this tea table is characteristic of the 18th Century. This table captures the Chippendale style with its blend of Gothic, Rococo, and C...

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