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.Still 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.
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.
(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?Such as Eleanor Roosevelt rockin’ the short wispy curl……or Jackie Kennedy pre-pillbox hat.The 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…).
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.)Okay so maybe there is a little creepiness going on here. Like Child of Chucky here…Or Bondage Bear here.And Voodoo Momma. (Is that human hair?)
The International dolls section had some charmingly creepy ones as well. Like this one (feel free to add your own caption).Alongside him were Spain’s “Woman in Black”…… this bug-eyed creature……and the Travelocity gnome in less prosperous times.Remember those frilly lace-frocked cats I mentioned earlier? I wasn’t kidding.
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