The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Posted by - September 5, 2012 | Category: Peculiarities

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Hmmm…back alley, brick wall, chalk sign that reads “Museum of Minis, Dolls, and Toys?”

This has got to be good.

It’s either a creepy old dude who has yet to discover the predatory possibilities of the internet, or a creepy old lady smelling vaguely (or explicitly) of cat pee. Either way, there’s blogging gold just beyond that arrow.Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Denver, Colorado 018Still reeling that my original must-see attraction in Denver – The CELL (Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab) – was “closed for renovations” (I still that that’s code for something else) Ben from Adventures with Ben fame and I decided to see where the sidewalk chalk led us.

Turns out the place is as legit as they come. It’s the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys. There are no old ladies, the only cats are miniatures in frilly lace frocks, and the only old dude is, well…me. (So perhaps it is a little creepy after all.)

Still, there’s lots to absorb if you’re into miniature scenes of olden times.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Denver, Colorado 019French Chateau dollhousehistoric dollhouseVictorian bedroom dollhouse

1850s French farmhouse kitchen dollhouse

hunting lodge dollhouse denmuseum doll house

And after not having a clue who Juliette Gordon Low was (my mind kept thinking Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Google assured me she was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. Why she was piled in with the tribute to the Girl Scouts made a heckuva lot more sense after that. There are many toys you can even add MyProScooter great commuters to the list of these big and strange great museum.Juliette Gordon Low doll -- Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and ToysGirl Scout Dolls and Girl Guide Cookie Box House Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Denver, ColoradoGirl Scouts Dolls -- Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Denver, Colorado

(I didn’t know Lisa Loeb was a Girl Guide.)

And what self-respecting, non-creepy American doll museum would be complete without a tribute to the fashion of the nation’s fiercest First Ladies?First Ladies dolls -- Dolly Madison, Sarah Polk, Martha Jefferson, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess TrumanSuch as Eleanor Roosevelt rockin’ the short wispy curl…Eleanor Roosevelt doll…or Jackie Kennedy pre-pillbox hat.Jacqueline Kennedy dollThe second floor has an entire section for more recent toys and dolls, like Raggedy Ann and Andy (get a load of the book Ann has…).Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls and booksRaggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy memorabiliaJody's Victorian Parlor doll house set

cabbage patch dollsSo the boys don’t feel left out, there’s even a small section for them too…Vintage Handbook for Boys -- Boy Scouts of America

Echo Harmonica and toy soldiersvintage talking Mickey Mouse

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is also home to Big Ben – the largest articulated teddy bear in the United States. And that doesn’t mean he can formulate an argument. (That’s okay, I had to Google it too.)Big Ben -- the largest articulated teddy bear in the United StatesOkay so maybe there is a little creepiness going on here. Like Child of Chucky here…creepy doll in a dressOr Bondage Bear here.bondage bearAnd Voodoo Momma. (Is that human hair?)voodoo doll

The International dolls section had some charmingly creepy ones as well. Like this one (feel free to add your own caption).International dollsAlongside him were Spain’s “Woman in Black”…Spanish woman in black doll… this bug-eyed creature…creepy dolls…and the Travelocity gnome in less prosperous times.Travelocity gnomeRemember those frilly lace-frocked cats I mentioned earlier? I wasn’t kidding.kitten doll in a dresscat doll in a dress

One thing I could have done without though, were the clowns. I’ve had an aversion to them since Poltergeist. Especially the Hobo/Tramp variety like these…Hobo clownHobo/Tramp clownhobo clown

hobo clown mug

Clowns like these should come with a warning. In chalk.

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys

Hours of Operation: Wed to Sat 10 AM to 4 PM, Sun 1 to 4 PM

Admission prices: Adults: $6, Seniors: $5, Children ages 5 to 16: $4, Under 5: free

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  1. Ummm…. A few questions come to mind after seeing this:

    1. Why do the cats have HUMAN hands?!
    2. Why does the Boy Scout on the front of that book look suspiciously like Prince Harry on his way to infamy in his Las Vegas hotel suite?!
    And most importantly:
    3. Why would the Girl Guides try to sell cookies to a woman who already LIVES in a giant Girl Guide cookie box?! Clearly it’s a trap!! Run Girl Guides, run!! Don’t let that creepy lady touch your cookies….
    Fascinating tour – you find the most messed-up places to visit, my friend!!


    1. Oooohhhh…such good questions! Lemme take a stab…

      1) Because dog hands would have made no sense.
      2) Because no kid would join if it was Prince Charles on the cover.
      3) Have you ever heard the term, “He can sell ice to an Eskimo?” That’s what Girl Guides are like. They have this cutesy facade, but really, they’re one step shy of a Ponzi scheme.

  2. Bondage bear is clearly a tribute to Silence of the Lambs. See if it has a pen hidden in its stomach…

    You are very brave. I wouldn’t be able to sleep for weeks after this. I HATE dolls. And the “largest articulated bear” is clearly a creepy guy in a suit.

  3. Someone already took my “Silence of the Lambs” comment… Anyway, some of these little homegrown, out in the shed, hodge podgy museums make for the best stops. Cheers!

  4. I love the dollhouse stuff. Its so tiny and perfect and I know all about Juliette Low from my days as a girl scout leader but the rest is just sort of creepy.I really hate clowns especially.

  5. Thanks for the great write up! I can let you know that Voodoo Momma is from Egypt and her hair is human. Good thing we didn’t show you the doll w/ real human baby teeth…
    I’ll look into some “Clown Dolls Inside” but they do a good job of guarding our miniature circus

  6. Hi! First I would like to say thank you for the awesome post, I haven’t been to a doll and toy museum so this one helped tons. And the wall sign is just too funny. By the way, I have added you on my fave links.

  7. What a neat place to stumble upon. I agree if I saw that caulk-scribbled brick wall I would have felt a little iffy about whether I should go in, but I am so glad you did. I cannot believe some of the details on those miniatures! I will admit, though, I am sure I would have been plenty creeped out by most of those dolls. I am not sure what it is, but dolls just give me the creeps!

  8. I rather liked the creepy dolls. I noticed whomever it was that runs it is totally into American Doll (the Girl Scout outfitted ones) and I vaguely remember the ones that were the first ladies I cant for the life of me recall who put them out. I am surprised that some dolls were left out- not a Barbie in sight.. perhaps they figured Barbie had been done to death and Lord knows she gets around .
    Loved the advertising on the wall!


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