Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, Carmel

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The Purposes of the Museum is to preserve and exhibit quality miniature houses, room settings and single pieces, as well as other collections, so that these works of art will not be lost to future generations; to provide educational forums and workshops; to use the exhibits to show the relationship of miniature reproductions to history, architecture and the decorative arts.

The Museum is a Not-for-Profit organization operating under a 501 (c) (3) tax status granted to the Museum by the Internal Revenue Service. The Museum is supported by a "Friends of The Museum" membership, grants, admission donations, and sales from the small Museum shop. The museum benefits from the direct services of over 40 volunteers on a regular basis.

Over 70,000 guests have toured the Museum from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visitors include schools, retirement homes, individual tourists, and tour bus groups. There is an active Girl Scout program providing the opportunity to earn badges while learning about interior design, architecture, spatial relationships, and history.

The regular exhibits at any given time include 10-15 furnished miniature houses, most scaled 1" = 1' and ½" = 1' plus a number of partial houses, rooms, small scenes, and an artisan display case. Displays are changed seasonally.

Examples of Other Collections which have been exhibited include private collections of antique hair jewelry, political campaign memorabilia, egg art, antique silhouettes, 18th century pottery, cranberry glass, Victorian fans, antique Valentines, and Depression glass.

The Museum is a member of American Association of Museums and Association of Indiana Museums, Hamilton Co. Visitors Bureau, Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, and Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Listed as an attraction in the AAA Tour Guide and Indianapolis Star.
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  • In the Arts District of Carmel, this museum holds many dozens of miniature houses. The houses were built in various decades and reflect various architectural and design styles. Houses are filled with ...  more »
  • I loved the house where the museum is. The collection that they had is awesome, incredible miniature houses. We had to much fun looking for the objects on the Sherlock Holmes room  more »
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  • Lovely little museum, the volunteers were wonderful and enlightening. It's amazing what crafts people can do with these miniatures. The glassware and silverware were amazing. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.
  • Cute museum, with a scavenger hunt for the kiddies. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the meticulous detail of the miniature houses.

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