The mission of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is to provide educational and cultural services through the preservation, exhibition, collection and interpretation of the visual arts using miniatures, dolls and toys.
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. DMMDT moved out of the Pearce-McAllister Cottage Fall of 2018 and purchased a new property in Lakewood expected to open in stages starting in late 2019/early 2020. 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 Coloradoans 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.
"My youngest child is adopted. He has severe ADHD, PTSD and anxiety. You should have seen him when he came across the circus display. He actually stood there…(I didn't think he could stay still for that long). He looked at all the little people and animals. When he found a family he pointed them out and said, "Look Mom, that's us!"" -Celena R., Denver, CO
"Thank you so much for showing me around the museum. It was extremely interesting and I learned a lot. Most field trips aren't that helpful but this one was amazing! -Lena, The Logan School, Denver, CO
"This is one of the best museum's I have ever been to!" -Nicole, Mexico City, Mexico
"Art and culture maintained with a heart." -Jelam Gunjam, Aurora, CO
"A Beautiful and fascinating collection." -Gabrielle, Denver,CO
"A child's fantasy come true!" -Ramona, Pueblo, CO
"This museum brought back my happiest memories." Suzanne, Taylor, MI
From our Guest Book:
"Best museum ever"
"Loved it!! So interactive and beautiful"
"Very interesting :) and enjoyable"
"This museum is so beautiful!"
"Such fun-Thanks for Everything!"
"A real treat. Fantastic. Thank you"
"lovely and nostalgic, we'll be back"
"lovely- very awesome CIRCUS! COOL!"
"A child's fantasy (an adult fantasy)!
"Beautiful and fascinating collection, love the cat dolls."
"Awesome matchstick stuff!! unforgettable"