On the grounds of the Gilmore’s Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan is a gem of a miniatures museum known as the Midwest Miniatures Museum. Inside the museum are collections of dollhouses, dolls and dollhouse furniture and other miniatures. The miniature museum invites you to visit and see the history of art and architecture Lilliput size. The museum is open from spring to fall, opening May 1st and closing October 31st, seven days a week.
One of the most famous of the miniatures and dollhouses featured at the Midwest Miniatures Museum is the Lynwood Dollhouse, which is a Georgian mansion featuring handmade furniture and accessories from artisans around the country. The dollhouse was written up in the magazine Miniature Collector in June 2008 making it on to the cover of the publication. In the museum you will also find lovingly handcrafted miniature grocery stores, toyshops, and a German Renaissance dollhouse, miniature sterling items from Pete Acquisto, and a depiction of a Federal Entrance Hall circa 1790 created by artist Peter Kendall. In addition to dollhouses, the museum also includes many shadow boxes or room boxes with miniature scenes. In all there are more than three dozen historical miniature rooms in the museum making it one of the largest collections of architectural miniatures. The rooms feature hand painted china, sterling silver and crystal all in the popular 1:12 scale.
When you are done visiting the Midwest Miniatures Museum be sure to visit the Gilmore Car Museum which is dedicating to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the history of the American car. The Gilmore Car Museum was created by Donald S. Gilmore whose interest in cars started out with a hobby of restoring vintage and antique cars. After restoring more than thirty cars, Gilmore’s wife suggested he create a museum to house his collection. Gilmore purchased ninety acres of land and established the museum in 1966. The museum is now home to a restored early service station, small train station, and many restored cars displayed in eight historic barns. The museum also houses one of the largest collections of hood ornaments in the United States. Visitors to the museum will also find more than three paved roads which some of the antique and vintage cars, are known to travel upon and sometimes even pick up guests for a ride. One of the favorites at the museum is a restored London double decker bus. And be sure not to miss the museum’s collection of 75 pedal cars.