Permanent Collection

The miniature museum collection contains over 400 miniature houses and room boxes as well as other collectibles. The museum’s artifacts are organized into three main areas; the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World.

The Enchanted Realm is a magical place and the pieces displayed in this gallery reflect that. Here you will find woodland creatures, snow villages, fairy castles and a witches compound to name a few.

The pieces in the History and Antiques Gallery are reflective of different time periods and have historical value and significance. One of the oldest miniature houses in the United States, circa 1775 is part of this collection. You will also find examples of craftsmanship and technique as well as pieces that exemplify contemporary times.

In the Exploring the World gallery, you will see contemporary fine-scale miniatures and examples of how miniatures are used in other cultures with items from artisans representing the U.K., France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Spain among others.

  • Architect’s Tool Set, William Robertson,1992

    Architect’s Tool Set, William Robertson,

    Both items are 1:12 scale. All tools are functional and the lock on the Architects Toolbox is functional. Robertson, who...

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  • Gypsy Caravan, Brian Long, 2006

    Gypsy Caravan, Brian Long, 2006

    Wagons have been used by gypsies for 150 years to live in and transport their possessions. Six main types were...

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  • Danish Antique Shop, unknown artist, ca.1900

    Danish Antique Shop, unknown artist, ca.

    This wooden setting of a Dutch “antic” shop with the name, Leif Kobmand includes a window display, 16 drawer cabinet...

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  • Schoenhut Painted Wood Doll House, A. Schoenhut Co. , ca. 1927

    Schoenhut Painted Wood Doll House, A. Sc

    This is the miniature house that started the Mini Time Machine collection. It was purchase and restored by Pat Arnell...

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  • Just Suits, Unknown Artist from Malden, Massachusetts, ca. 1900

    Just Suits, Unknown Artist from Malden,

    The spectacular miniature house known as Just Suits was built in Malden, Massachusetts, sometime around 1900. According to the story...

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  • Turn-of-the-Century Nuremberg Kitchen, Moritz Gottschalk, ca. 1909

    Turn-of-the-Century Nuremberg Kitchen, M

    This toy kitchen made by the Mortiz Gottschalk Company shows the change in real kitchens at the turn-of-the-century. Cream or...

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  • Large Bliss House, Bliss Manufacturing Company, ca. early 1900s

    Large Bliss House, Bliss Manufacturing C

    Rufus Bliss opened the R. Bliss Manufacturing Company in 1832 principally producing screws and clamps for piano and cabinet makers....

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  • German Christmas Stall, J. Miller, Ca. 1865

    German Christmas Stall, J. Miller, Ca. 1

    The first sign that Christmas is coming in Germany is the opening of the Christkindlmarkt or Christ Child Markets. It...

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  • German Dollhouse, Christian Hacker, ca. 1892

    German Dollhouse, Christian Hacker, ca.

    Christian Hacker produced exquisite dollhouses, kitchens and shops from the mid-1800s through 1914. The Nuremberg company is best known for...

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  • Automated House of Emil Wick, Emil Wick, ca. 1885

    Automated House of Emil Wick, Emil Wick,

    Toward the end of his life, Emil Wick set about creating five masterpiece mechanical houses for his five godchildren. Each...

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  • Grocery Store, German, ca. mid 1800s

    Grocery Store, German, ca. mid 1800s

    Toy shops were especially popular in Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Children have always imitated adults and enjoy...

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  • John Bellemy Complex, John Bellemy, ca. 1880

    John Bellemy Complex, John Bellemy, ca.

    This house is a copy of John Bellemy’s own home, which still stands in West Newton, Massachusetts. He built the...

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