The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, which holds one of the world's most unique collections, is shutting its doors. However, there's a good reason the museum is closing.
The directors of the museum will announce Tuesday they are temporarily shutting their doors to make sure they can keep the toys there for many more years to come.
Peeking through the miniature displays at the Toy and Miniature Museum is like looking through a window into the past.
"We have all sorts of wooden toys," Executive Director Jamie Berry said.
Everything in one particular art room on display can fit in the palm of a hand. The tiny drafting tools actually work and even the stools spin. Each piece is handcrafted to the time period.
"It is the Louis XIV study from the Palace of Versailles, and it is a one of the commissioned pieces by Barbara Marshal, who is our founder, and it is one of a kind," Berry said.
There are a broad collection of Victorian-era toys from marbles to dollhouses.
"The Coleman Dollhouse is one of the stars of our toy collection," Berry said.
Over 100 years ago, a little girl played with her dolls in the 9-foot house that has working plumbing for running water and gas lights.
"You can imagine what a stately mansion they may have had," Berry said.
The museum houses 70,000 historic items. It is the largest fine-scaled miniature collection in the world and the largest toy collection in the United States.
To keep it all in Kansas City, the building needs major renovations. It is raising $9.2 million and will close to upgrade its HVAC system and install insulation.
"We have a lot of wood, paper and fabric in our collection, and those happen to be sensitive to temperature, humidity and light," Berry said.
It will reopen with a new name too - the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in hopes to garner more attention.
The museum is also asking for help to stay open. They need about $700,000, and you can donate on their website or at the museum.
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