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.

Organizational Overview

Name
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Phone
303-322-1053
Address
1880 Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80206
EIN
74-2203644
Website
www.dmmdt.org
Email
director@dmmdt.org
Mission
Statement
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.
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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.

Needs Statement

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

Background Statement

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.

Impact Statement

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.
Accomplishments:
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

Goals:
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.

From our 2014 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"
"Excellent Collection!"
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New Building Fund!

by Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys


Dear Member,
It is with great excitement that we announce we are officially looking for a new home! A number of key factors have led to this decision. First and foremost, our ability to continue to build our collection, create quality exhibits and preserve our objects has reached its limit in our current space. Additionally, the organization from whom we rent our current facility, has adopted a new strategic plan for the building which will require DMMDT to find a new location. This is an excellent opportunity for DMMDT to reach its full potential.
During the past 35 years, The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys has served thousands of visitors, taught hundreds of workshops and collected over 20,000 objects to exhibit, preserve and share with our community. Much of this success is thanks to the dedication, support and generosity of our membership and we look forward to partnering with you throughout the next chapter of the museum.
The Board of Directors has discussed some of the key factors we are looking for in a new location (including parking, handicap accessibility, climate control, etc.). A search committee has been formed and is beginning the process of researching new locations but please be assured that during this time the Museum will continue to operate as usual with no major changes.
We are looking for any connections or suggestions you may have that will help us to move from our current location into a new affordable, quality building. We need a space that will allow DMMDT to grow and thrive for years to come. Below are the contacts you will need to help the museum make this transition.
If you have leads on a potential location for the museum, please email newhome@dmmdt.org.
Can you volunteer in the move effort? Please email volunteer@dmmdt.org.
Please call or email DMMDT Director Wendy Littlepage at 303-322-1053 or director@dmmdt.org with any questions regarding the move.
We will miss our charming cottage in downtown Denver but we are excited for what a new building means for the Museum, the community and miniature, doll and toy enthusiasts of all ages.
Sincerely,
DMMDT Board of Directors and Staff

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