The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (DMMDT) was founded in 1981 through the support of a grass-roots community coalition of miniature doll artists, business owners and civic leaders.
From 1981 to 1987 volunteers managed the museum with no paid staff or public facility and its exhibits were presented throughout the community. In the fall of 1987 the museum opened at its present location, leasing the Pearce-McAllister Cottage from the State of Colorado Historical Society.
DMMDT began to draw visitors through our fun exhibits and unique collection. The Museum staff utilizes the collection of over 20,000 objects to stage four major exhibit changes each year. The exhibits range from vintage Star Wars toys to artisan dollhouses and from exquisite antique dolls to well-loved toy soldiers. Objects collected from generations of Coloradans serve as an excellent stepping stone into both art and history. Many objects, such as the Japanese Friendship Doll, Miss Yokohama, make history more accessible and open the door to a new experience.
The DMMDT is so much more than toys. It is an opportunity to share and make memories with family and friends. It is a venue for collectors to share and explore their passion. It is a sanctuary where the unique is celebrated. And finally, it is a place of learning where history and art meet humanity. The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys has been entrusted with preserving Colorado’s childhood and we intend to do just that for generations to come.
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is a 501(c)(3). The mission is to provide educational and cultural services to the greater Rocky Mountain region through the preservation, exhibition, collection and interpretation of the visual arts using miniatures, dolls and toys.
Our major goals, which we believe will help us best carry out our mission, are:
1. To create educational exhibits with relevance to the lives of Museum visitors and members highlighting the social and cultural history of miniatures, dolls and toys
2. To provide arts education to all children of the greater Denver area while working especially hard to reach those children who would normally not have an opportunity to engage in arts education
3. To establish ongoing education within the organization and the creation of a culture of learning
4. To be a consistent resource to our community
5. To increase involvement of local doll, miniature and toy clubs.
6. To diversify our funding sources.
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