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Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
The mission of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is to provide educational and cultural services to the greater Rocky Mountain region through the preservation, exhibition, collection and interpretation of the visual arts using miniatures, dolls and toys.
The Denver Museum of Miniatures Dolls and Toys was awarded and Institute of Museum and Library Sciences grant in 2013 to improve the storage and record keeping of our collection of toys. We are almost half way though this project and are excited to have greater understanding, access and records of this portion of our collection.
1. Money for General Operating Expenses
2. Volunteers including Board Members especially volunteers with site management, exhibits building, legal, accounting, PR and treasurer skills
3. Facility Improvements including Case and Lighting improvements, Storage improvements for our collections
4. Increase Visibility in the Greater Denver Metro Area
5. Funding for additional staff in Education and for a part time Volunteer Coordinator and Curator
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (DMMDT) has been part of the Denver community for over 30 years. Conceived in the late 1970's by local collectors and artists, the Museum started as a few exhibits that would travel to local schools, libraries and public buildings. After finding our home in a Colorado Historical Society building in 1987, DMMDT began to draw visitors through our fun exhibits and unique collection. The DMMDT stages four major exhibit changes throughout the year and has acquired a collection of over 10,000 items, primarily through generous donations by community members. Our exhibits range from artisan dollhouses to giant teddy bears, exquisite antique dolls to well loved metal cars and toy soldiers. This special gathering of toys, collected from the generations of Denverites, truly represents both the diversity and commonality of children growing up in Colorado. Families, friends and collectors come to share memories and explore the story that toys tell.
DMMDT strives to provide high quality, unique experiences to our visitors and community. We are proud of our 34 year history in the Denver area and grateful to our supporters, visitors and friends who have made it possible.
2014 accomplishments as of August:
+we've been open to the public 158 days
+we've hosted 8 Community Days
+we've had 3,181 visitors
+we'll served 915 people through education
+we have 129 members
+we held a successful little show
+brought on a new staff person
+began Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded collections project.
+have been written up on multiple publications as a "hidden gem" and were used as a resource for the New York Times
+continued to review and improve HR policies
+continued to review and approve new items for the collection
+made much needed improvements to the classroom
+volunteers have served 1,716 hours on site at DMMDT, this does not include Fall Show
+DMMDT board members have served over 500 hours
1. We will increase visitors by 5 percent
2. We will continue our endowment campaign.
3. Increase Individual Giving by 10%
4. We will increase membership by 10%
5. We will increase volunteers by 15%
Executive Director Statement
When I joined the staff at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys in 2005 as the Coordinator of Education and Programs, I knew I had found a unique place. Toys are an area where we all have something in common. I love asking the visitors what their favorite toy is and what they think will be the next big thing in the toy world will be as much I enjoy the gasps of amazement as people explore the tiny world of our dollhouses. We've increased our collection size, attendance and programs in the past few years as well as grown our endowment and started working with History Colorado to improve the Museum grounds and building.
As director, I am working hard to ensure that these stories and experiences will be shared for years to come.
Board Chair/President Statement
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is now in its 34rd year of sparking the imagination and creating memories for people in the Metro Denver Area through the fun and engaging medium of miniatures and toys.
"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"