Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys is home to more than 20,000 items ranging from antique and artisan dolls and dollhouses to toys from the 20th century.
The museum was founded in 1981 and opened its first location six years later at the Pearce-McAllister Cottage in northeast Denver. The museum remained there until 2018. After a multi-year search, the museum moved to its new location in Lakewood in 2020, opening its first gallery in August of that year and launching a funding campaign to expand the museum’s footprint from 2,500 to 7,000 square feet.
Objects collected from Coloradans makeup part of the museum’s permanent collection and allow exhibition programming to retain a local emphasis. Past exhibits have included 100 Years of Girl Scouts through Dolls, Denver Toy Designers, Polly Pocket, and Harry Potter toys and miniatures.
The museum also offers both on and off-site programming on a variety of topics, as well as meetups for people interested in learning about miniatures. Regular events for patrons include off-site miniatures trade shows, where miniature enthusiasts can meet, attend workshops, and expand or sell items from their collections.