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Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
The Museum utilizes our collection of over 20,000 objects donated from generations of Coloradans to stage exhibits ranging from vintage star wars toys to artisan dollhouses and from antique dolls to well-loved toy soldiers. It is a sanctuary where the unique is celebrated and a place of learning where history and art meet humanity. We have been entrusted with preserving Colorado's childhood for 35 years and we intend to do just that for generations to come.
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is completing a multi-year Institute of Museum and Library Sciences grant that allowed us to restore, preserve and catalog our toy collection. During this project, we learned so much more about our collection and are excited to share this with the public through new exhibits.
We will be continuing this process for both our miniature and doll collections over the next few years.
Additionally, after 30 years as a tenant of the State of Colorado, we are looking for a new building in the metro Denver area. We are looking for a building that will fit our ever growing collection, have better access for handicap visitors and parking for the general public. We are excited to move the Museum into a new era.
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.A new facility that better meets our security, storage and accessibility needs.
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) 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 Scoiety.
DMMDT began to draw visitors through our fun exhibits and unique collection. 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.
In 2014, we served approximately 9,370 visitors and hosted 1,538 for our educational programming and outreach. That is a 60% increase in visitors since 2003. While 25% of our visitors come from Denver County about 16% from Jefferson County, 12% from Arapahoe county, 8% from Douglas and 6% are from Adams County. A staggering 17% of our guests come from outside Colorado and almost 5% of our guests are International tourists.
Our goal is to remain affordable and accessible to everyone. We strive to keep our prices low and provide free or reduced cost activities for people throughout the Metro Denver area. We are an active part of our community and therefore have participated in the City Park Arts festival, Aurora Jack-o-Launch, Doors Open Denver, and The Smithsonian's National Museum Day. We have also worked with Metro Volunteers, Citizens for Lakewood's Future and Community Resources Inc. to bring our fun perspective on art and history to people throughout the metro area. The Museum collaberates annually with ArtReach in order to allow everyone an opportunity to experience arts and culture. On average the Museum donates 1,000 admission tickets to those in need of assistance. We also work with Jefferson, Arapahoe and Aurora Libraries to provide free admission and we provide traveling exhibits that allow people to experience the Museum in public spaces near their homes.
The Museum serves as a resource to those looking for assistance repairing, replacing or selling miniature, doll and toy collections. On average the museum receives 20 calls a week from people needing help with their personal collections. The Museum is offered nearly 200 objects per week for their permanent collection. This is a clear indication that the Museum is a trusted institution in Denver and that DMMDT plays a special role in the community.
The Museum has also hosted the Miniature & Doll Fall Show & Sale for the past 35 years. This event brings internationally recognized artists to Colorado once a year. The event includes a benefit auction, seminars, workshops and more. Each year more than 1,500 people attend this event. Without DMMDT an event of this size would not be held in Denver.
DMMDT Mission and Goals
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is a 501(c)(3). The mission 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.
Our major goals, which we believe will help us best carry out our mission, are:
To create educational exhibits with relevance to the lives of Museum visitors and members highlighting the social and cultural history of miniatures, dolls and toys
To provide arts education to all children of the greater Denver area while working especially hard to reach those children who would normally not have an opportunity to engage in arts education
To establish ongoing education within the organization and the creation of a culture of learning
To be a consistent resource to our community
To increase involvement of local doll, miniature and toy clubs.
6. To diversify our funding sources.
DMMDT By the Numbers
20,000 objects in Collection
9,370 people served in 2014
5,174 visitors in 2014
500 international visitors each year
323 tea party guests in 2014
255 days open per year
200 programs each year
150 museum members
35 years serving the Denver Area
2 full time staff members
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 created an endowment.
After 30 years in the same building, we are now looking for a new home that will both increase our accessibility to the public, and safety of our collection.
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 35th 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. As we look to our future, we are planning ways to be more accessible to visitors of all ages and mobility levels as well as how to continue to grow our collection to reflect the full history of miniatures, dolls and toys
"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"
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New Building Fund!by Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you volunteer in the move effort? Please email email@example.com.
Please call or email DMMDT Director Wendy Littlepage at 303-322-1053 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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