National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Kansas City
Where is it at?
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
5235 Oak Street
Where are we going today?
Toys are a part of every child's life! Kids, even your parents used to play with toys when they were little (and yes, they were little ones!)
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures was created to educate and inspire. Kids will be delighted, and adults can do on a trip down memory lane as the whole family walks around the collections filled with vintage toys and miniatures.
Today, is has the world's largest fine-scale miniature collection, which is pretty impressive! It also has the largest antique toy collection on public display in the entire USA. Get ready to be amazed!
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is 38 rooms of incredible artifacts, collections, and exhibits.
Some of the events and exhibits are only there for a short period - up to a year - so make sure you check what's on, and put the dates in your diary so you don't miss out!
The events and exhibits always cover fascinating topics, from America's obsession to four-wheeled vehicles, to listening to experts discuss various topics, to even the history of toys within the world wars! So there is a great sense of learning about history too.
As you walk around, it's great for kids to see what kind of toys were played with in the past. We bet they are much more simple than all the technology they have today! It will give them a greater appreciation for what they have available to them today.
Toy fun, history fun, and a great collection waiting for you at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
10am - 4pm daily.
Closed Tuesdays and major holidays
Why not schedule a tour for the museum! You can enjoy a self-guided tour, or book a guided tour, where you can focus on specific exhibits. .
It's a good idea to grab something before you arrive, so then you don't have rumbling tummies as you walk around!.
Any Top Tips?
Allow around an hour at least to see everything, but if you love what you see - allow much more!.
Doing our bit
They really have created a collection where they preserve incredible toys and miniatures, so the history will stay alive!.
Need a little extra help?
The museum is wheelchair accessible, has disabled parking, and service dogs are allowed! There is also a wheelchair free for use at the admission desk on a first come basis.
If you have a stroller, try and bring a small one, preferably folding.
You get free admission when you become a member of the museum, so if you love the museum it's a great way to save in the long run!.
What people are saying?
by kathy jo mcwilliams
I took my daughter and two friends from out of state to the toy museum and it was wonderful. There was so much to look at and we only had about 4 hours. We kept moving at a good pace but still couldn't really enjoy everything because we were in such a hurry just to see everything.
It was expensive to go and if the price were a little cheaper we would be sure to go back often. It is one of those places that if you go more than once you will notice things that you missed on previous trips.
Great time and activity for the kids.
by Ann Pace
I worked across the street from the museum for 23 years. This is not really a review, but a reply to comments in two of the reviews listed here. Both have the same complaint - - the lack of toys per se. There's a reason for that, however. The museum began as the collections of two women, Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall, and it reflects their tastes and interests, which were largely in miniatures.
by Cody Edwards
Huge collection of doll houses and miniatures ... the latter of which were just fascinating. However, I felt that it lacked a good collection of general toys. They had some that were older than the hills. I would like to see something that displays toys from all generations, including stuff from the 70's and 80's. That would be nostalgic and a trip down memory lane for me.
by A Google User
If you are interested in doll houses and minitures then this is the place for you. I couldn't believe how many doll houses and minitures there were. They are displayed beautifully. As far as children's toys, there are some. I think this is more collectable based than something that displays large amounts of americana based toys.
by shi jianxiang