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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.

Address: 5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Additional Info: T/m follows local ordinances. Please see website or call beforehand for up-to-date info. Masking is encouraged for all unvaccinated guests, and we ask guests to be mindful of others’ space and comfort levels. View all visitor guidelines.

Questions? Contact Museum Educator Joelle Melling at (816) 235-8005 or joellemelling@toyandminiaturemuseum.org

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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Museum Tour Badge Connections

The museum’s collection of toys and miniatures is a wonderful resource for Girl Scouts pursuing related badges, journeys, or other projects, and individual girls and their families are invited to independently explore all of T/m’s galleries and exhibits as a source of inspiration and information as they work toward these badges.

Cost per person: For supplemental, self-guided activities, the general museum admission rates for individuals and groups of 10+ apply. Please note, to qualify for the group rate, you must register 2 weeks in advance and have 10+ individuals. To register as a group, please contact the Assistant Museum Educator Sarah Reiser at sarahreiser@toyandminiaturemuseum.org or 816-235-8011 with any questions or inquiries about availability and pricing.

  • Children 5 and under: Free
  • Children 6-17 (and college students with ID): $5 general, $4 group rate
  • Adults 18-64: $8 general, $6 group rate
  • Adults 65+: $7 general, $6 group rate.

During your visit, multiple museum galleries will aid you in pursuit of specific Girl Scout badges. Scouts are encouraged to let our Visitor Services staff know what badges you are working on upon arrival. They can recommend relevant things to see. Below are just a few examples of the many resources scouts may find helpful:

First Floor – Fine-Scale Miniatures:

  • T/m’s fine-scale miniature paintings, ceramics, textiles, instruments, and more (located throughout the first floor) can be inspiration for scouts working on their Painting, Potter, Musician, and other creative badges.  Additionally, these miniatures can be really fun to draw, and scouts working on their Drawing badge are welcome to bring a handheld sketch pad and pencil and sketch while in the galleries!
  • The Artist’s Studio gallery has wonderful examples of fine-scale woodworking – and even the tools used to create them! – for those working on their Woodworker badge.
  • The fine-scale room settings in the Miniature Maze gallery provide a wealth of ideas for scouts completing their Room Makeover badge.

Second Floor – Toys:

  • The Toys From the Attic exhibit (check out the “Game of Games” and “Learning through Play!”) and the museum’s Iconic Toys hallway can be great resources for scouts working on the Making Games, Playing the Past, or Game Visionary badges. 
  • Many of the dollhouses in the Let’s Play House exhibit (and the Nettie Wells house in Toys From the Attic) have great family stories as inspiration for the My Family Story badge.

Badge & Journey Connections: Daisy Badge: Board Game Design Challenge, Daisy Badge: Model Car Design Challenge, Daisy Badge: Toy Business Designer, Brownie Badge: Making Games, Brownie Badge: Home Scientist, Junior Badge: Drawing, Junior Badge: Musician, Junior Badge: Playing the Past, Junior Badge: Product Designer, Cadette Badge: Woodworker, Senior Badge: Game Visionary, Daisy Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Brownie Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Junior Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Cadette Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Senior Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Ambassador Journey: Think Like an Engineer

Outcomes:  Develops a strong sense of self, Displays positive values, Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community. Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.