Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Birthday Outing

Yesterday I took the day off to begin my birthday celebrating early! (Birthday is Monday) :) As part of my celebaration I have been wanting to visit a local place for a very long time. This place is located on the UMKC University campus in the Tureman Mansion. You asked "what is this place?" WELL, I'll tell you. As the sign above says: Toy and Miniature Museum. The museum was founded by Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall when their own collections got too large they began work on opening a toy museum. They began operating out of the Tureman Mansion in 1982 and have expanded twice to it's current size of 33,000 square feet.
The museum has two floors of
toys and miniatures from all
areas of the toy world to a
variety of countries.
Doll houses-many that are
decorated in various periods.
One house is 9 feet tall! There
are churches, trains, cars,
dolls, bears, clowns, games,
and a marble collection.
The miniatures are sooooooo
detailed that it was unbelievable!
The "temporary" exhibit for the
last year was "50 years of Barbie."
Being a girl who played with Barbie,
I had to see this exhibit. It truely was
fun going through and remembering
all the fun times my friends and I had
getting together to play "Barbies."
They had the older ones, the career
ones, the Malibu ones and some that
I hadn't heard of. There was one
whole display with the theme dolls
and the holiday dolls. There were
houses, cars, and the airplane.
I picked up this cute little
container in the gift shop.
If you are ever in the Kansas
City are and want something
to do go to the Toy and Miniature
Museum--but go when you have
a lot of time, we were there for 3
hours. Here is their website.
~Keep on Dreaming~

8 comments:

  1. ***Happy, Happy Birthday***

    I would LOVE to go there! Wow, I cannot even imagine all the neat stuff in there! Cannot wait for your Birthday Trip Post!

    Come by and wish Annie a HB too! She and I are having a Christmas giveaway! The two of you almost share a BD :)
    Happy birthday and God Bless! xo, misha

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  2. what a cool place to visit.
    Happy almost birthday.
    hAppY HaaLLLLooWeeeeeeN.

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  3. Happy Belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a great time. I will have to check out that museum if we ever get back that way. We went a couple years ago to Worlds of Fun.

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  4. Happy Birthday, Melinda! I hope you have a wonderful day. This museum sounds like a perfect place to celebrate. I would love to see the dollhouses, and the Barbie exhibit would be so much fun. I loved Barbie. Still do!

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  5. Happy Birthday Melinda!!!i would love to go there,especially to see the doll houses.Hope you will have a wonderful day!big hug Catherine

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...I hope you have a grand day filled with celebration, laughter and cake baby. Wonderfully rich delicious cake!

    I just adore anything tiny, I bet it was a real treat!

    God bless and have a marvelous day sweetie!!!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Melinda! I've been on vacation and just catching up. Glad that I didn't miss wishing you a happy day.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. Happy Birthday Melinda, I hope it's grand.

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