Permanent Collection

The miniature museum collection contains over 275 miniature houses and room boxes as well as other collectibles. The museum’s artifacts are organized into three main areas; the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World.

The Enchanted Realm is a magical place and the pieces displayed in this gallery reflect that. Here you will find woodland creatures, snow villages, fairy castles and a witches compound to name a few.

The pieces in the History and Antiques Gallery are reflective of different time periods and have historical value and significance. One of the oldest miniature houses in the United States, circa 1775 is part of this collection. You will also find examples of craftsmanship and technique as well as pieces that exemplify contemporary times.

In the Exploring the World gallery, you will see examples of how miniatures are used in other cultures with items from artisans representing the U.K., France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Spain among others.

  • Boat Builder’s Study at Lake Tahoe, Madelyn Cook, ca. 1993

    Boat Builder’s Study at Lake Tahoe, Madelyn Cook, ca. 1993

    The Boat Builder’s Study began in a class on inlaid floors taught by Bruce Plumb and Ankar Rasmussen. Madelyn Cook...

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  • Koppel House, unknown artist, ca. 1880

    Koppel House, unknown artist, ca. 1880

    This pinewood cabinet with six rooms on four floors is completely furnished with approximately 30 pieces of Biedermeier furniture. A...

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  • Daneway House, English, 1775

    Daneway House, English, 1775

    The Daneway House is a typical 18th century baby house, built to show off a collection of miniature furnishings rather...

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  • Snow Village, Department 56, 1980s

    Snow Village, Department 56, 1980s

    The Snow Village under glass in the museum’s Enchanted Realm is a collection of Department 56 lighted buildings and accessories...

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  • The Hatchling Apprentice, Pat Arnell, 1998

    The Hatchling Apprentice, Pat Arnell, 1998

    Museum founder Pat Arnell designed the Hatchling Apprentice using a glass conservatory created by Linda Young, known professionally as Lady...

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  • Bone-A-Part’s Bistro, Pat Arnell, 2003

    Bone-A-Part’s Bistro, Pat Arnell, 2003

    The unfinished building for the Bistro was a Houseparty gift at the 2003 National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts Convention. Pat...

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  • Cauldron Coven, Pat Arnell, 1984-1998

    Cauldron Coven, Pat Arnell, 1984-1998

    This miniature was built by Pat Arnell from Real Good Toys kits for a Victorian House. Pat began the project...

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  • Dark Side of the Moon: Antiques and Oddities, Ron and April Gill, 2013

    Dark Side of the Moon: Antiques and Oddities, Ron and April Gill, 2013

    The Gills were inspired to create this boutique by the Science Channel’s program Oddities in which people collect unusual objects....

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  • Elves’ House, Built by Virgil Goodman redesigned by Pat Arnell, Elves by Cynthia Baron, 1980

    Elves’ House, Built by Virgil Goodman redesigned by Pat Arnell, Elves by Cynthia Baron, 1980

    The Elves House is a log cabin built by Virgil Goodman. When Pat Arnell acquired the cabin she completely redesigned...

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  • Kewpie Collection, Rose O’Niell, early 20th Century

    Kewpie Collection, Rose O’Niell, early 20th Century

    When an enterprising young woman named Rose O’Neill (1874–1944) dreamed up the first Kewpies nearly a century ago, she little...

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  • Southwest Animal Motorcycle Gang, Robert Shields – animals on motorcycles, Ron and April Gill – Town Facades, 2009

    Southwest Animal Motorcycle Gang, Robert Shields – animals on motorcycles, Ron and April Gill –

    Pat Arnell purchased these animals on motorcycles from entertainer and visual artist Robert Shields. Shields rose to fame in the...

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  • Colonial Mexican Dining Room, Peter Westcott, 1991

    Colonial Mexican Dining Room, Peter Westcott, 1991

    Pat Arnell collected a group of Spanish-flavored Southwestern furniture from Tucson-based miniature artisan Joe Franek. With these pieces in mind...

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