Toy and Miniature Museum fundraising for renovations

The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City this week announced a public fund raising campaign for renovations and improvements.

The museum at 52nd and Oak streets has one of the largest collections of its kind in the country but survival can be tough. It notes in a press release that at least 27 toy and doll museums have closed in the last decade.

They have already raised over $8 million of the $9.2 million needed for the work to start late next year.

The money will pay for things like upgrading of heating and cooling, building the endowment fund and creating a master plan for exhibits and interpretation.

The museum is also kicking off its 30th anniversary by changing its name to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

Executive director Jamie Berry said, “While we celebrate our 30th anniversary and founders Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall, we are continuing our work implementing a strategic plan which honors their important legacy.”

The name change will help the transition from “one of Kansas City’s best-kept secrets to the nation’s leading museum of fine-scale, contemporary art miniatures and antique toys,” the release states.

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