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.

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 33 year history in the Denver area and grateful to our supporters, visitors and friends who have made it possible.
Accomplishments:
1. Held educational programs for 2376 people in 2012
2. We held five successful fundraising events: Fall Show, "little" Show, Yard Sale, Holiday House Tour, and the Not-So-Haunted House
3. We continued planned giving campaign to build on a $500,000 lead gift
4. We increased our volunteer numbers
5. We had 5,988 visitors in 2012. In 2013 we're seeing an even greater increase in visitors.
6. Collaborated with local artist Paul Marti to display his unique work of Matchstick Miniature Castles and Cathedrals.
7. Created tailored workshops for a special exhibit celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts exhibit.

Goals:
1. We will increase visitors by 20 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 33rd 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.

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