The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys founded in 1981 is located in a house called the Pearce-McAllister Cottage near downtown Denver. The Museum has grown from an all volunteer organization with moving exhibitions to its current permanent location. The busy museum provides workshops, shows, children’s programs and presents exhibitions all geared toward the preservation, collection and exhibiting of dollhouses, miniatures, dolls and toys. The museum also has a tea room for visitors and a gift shop.
In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum has several visiting exhibitions including a current exhibit of miniature cathedrals and castles created by artist Paul Marti, which are made completely out of matchsticks. The permanent exhibits are sure to engage both children and adults with different collections, a miniature circus, miniature trains and other toys of transportation, fine miniature items, Japanese dolls and antique teddy bears.
The Pearce-McAllister Cottage which is the home to the museum was built in 1899 and typifies the Dutch Colonial style of homes popular among the upper middle class in Denver in the 1890’s. The original owners of the home Harold V. Pearce and his wife Cara Rowena Bell Pearce changed the home little over the years so that the home retains its historical flavor and provides the perfect setting for the museum. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Visitors can also take advantage of a guided hour long tour through the museum with one of the staff members or volunteers who will provide a commentary and answer questions on the exhibits and collections. There is a nominal charge for the tour.
Every fall the Museum hosts an Annual Fall Show and Sale with miniature dealers coming from all over the country. It is the museum’s largest event. In addition to the show, there are workshops for both children and adults and an exhibit room is also available for viewing. The Annual Fall Show and Sale is held every year in September.
Other annual events include a “Not So Haunted House” which is held in October complete with games and spooky decorations, and Gingerbread House Workshops which are held each December.