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Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

The Museum 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 37 years, your support will allow us to serve the community for years to come.

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Outreach exhibits

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Bring the Museum to your community! DMMDT works with libraries, schools, nursing homes and other partners to bring exhibits to the public in their own communities! Exhibits can be tailored to interests of the group, a specific theme, or time period.

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Evidence of Program's Success

DMMDT recently displayed a collection of small miniature scenes in a local nursing home. Residents and staff told us that they were greatly enjoyed by all. One resident told us that her grandchildren had been "So excited to see the dollhouses, they had run right up to the exhibit and even visited extra times!"

Adult Programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Lectures, hands on workshops, visiting artists and more!

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have expanded our adult programs through a collaboration with Atlas Obscura. This collaboration has led to more programming with entities such as ReCreative Denver and RedLine. We are working to expand adult programming during our transition to a new facility.
Our Dungeons and Dragons programs have been a great way for people to explore their interest in D&D, make new friends, or just revisit a childhood passion.

Museum Collection

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The collection encompasses more than 20,000 items dating from 1680 through today - from Jumeau to Barbie, from artisan-created miniature replica and handmade wooden toys to manufactured metal and plastic cars. Special focuses include southwest cultural artifacts in miniature, large scale artisan doll houses, Japanese dolls, antique dolls and miniatures, artisan miniatures, bears, antique toys, cars trains and planes and a miniature circus with over 4,000 hand painted people.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Growing Museum Visits and Membership
Continued donation of collection items
Increased gifts towards our endowment

DMMDT was awarded an IMLS grant towards preservation of our collection that we finished in early 2016. This competitive grant is evidence of our success.

Asked by Lakewood Heritage Center to temporarily loan doll houses to round out an Architecture exhibit in 2016.

Museum Exhibits

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys exhibition philosophy is to develop, design and implement exhibitions which reflect the museum's mission statement. During any visit to the DMMDT, the visitor should be able to explore miniatures, dolls and toys in a variety of approaches. The DMMDT uses its exhibitions as a means to introduce and reintroduce the public to miniatures, dolls and toys through primary source material (collections), and to provide visitors with materials to interpret what they see. Exhibitions should encourage self-directing learning. Rather than funneling visitors through a rigid sequence, an effort should be made to allow for several circulations patters throughout the exhibit galleries. Exhibits, along with accompanying programs, are developed to address the educational needs of diverse audiences, including area adults and children, school groups, and tourists.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Membership
Visits and repeat visits
Media attention
Offers of exhibit loans from private collectors
Survey feedback

Education Programs

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys offers programming for everyone. Our workshops strive to enrich, educate and entertain all while keeping with the Museum's mission. We keep our prices affordable because we believe everyone should have a chance to experience the joy.
Our workshops for adults and children are offered throughout the year and we are always coming up with new and exciting crafts. We offer both public and private workshops. Private workshops for groups are offered on site and through outreach for schools, day cares, scout troop, home school groups, summer camps and friends. 
One of our most popular workshops is our Family Workshop that takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month. These low cost workshops encourage parents and grandparents to interact with their children during the craft. The most popular workshops include Fairies and Gnomes and recycled Robots.
We are proud to offer field trips for school groups. An outing to the DMMDT can get kids interested in history, geography, architecture, art, science and other cultures through the familiar medium of toys.  Our program goal is to help schools address the Colorado Model Content Standards including history, geography, science and art.  
We offer workshops for Boy and Girl Scout Troops.  Whether you are working on badges, try-its, journeys, or just looking for a fun field trip, Museum staff can find the right workshop for your troop.  Some of our most popular workshops include folk dolls, finger puppets, miniature rooms, and miniature gardens.
The Museum is a popular birthday party destination. We offer various craft parties to choose from and a staff person teaches the craft during the birthday party allowing parents to be more present for their children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Repeat visits
Positive survey feedback
Participants bringing family and friends
Increased teacher interest
Increased income
Asked to be guest teachers at both History Colorado and the Denver Art Museum in 2015
Asked to teach bi-weekly educational programs at Byers Evan Branch Library in 2016

Special Events

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
Female Aging/ Elderly/Senior Citizens
General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Museum holds special events at least five special events every year. These events promote our mission, raise funds and involve community members in various aspects of miniatures, dolls and toys. These events include the annual Fall Show and Sale (its 36th year), the annual "little" Show (its 26th year), annual Yard Sale, Holiday House Tour, Not-So-Haunted House, and March Madness Sale. These events encompass such things as auctions, workshops, seminars, banquets, luncheons, dealer sales and exhibits. For the workshops, we bring in world renown artists that would not other wise be accessible in the area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increase attendance
Increased income
Enthusiasm for miniatures, dolls and toys
Longevity of events
New special event collaborations with Atlas Obscura and RedLine

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