The museum was founded by three Indiana artists, who wished to preserve miniatures for future generations. The women wished to display antique dollhouses, scale miniatures and keep them safe so that they could be displayed to everyone. The museum opened in 1993.
The museum has displays that rotate all year long. These are all unique and often are seasonal. They display modern dollhouses and toy car sets as the museum's main visitors tend to be children. All they also have permanent displays.
These permanent displays include California Contemporary, The Thorne Room, 1861 Russell House, San Francisco Victorian in 1/2 scale, The Tropics, and Victoria's Choice. The Thorne Room is an sample of decoration techniques and the artist also has sixty-eight of rooms similar to this one on display in Art Institute of Chicago. The 1861 Russell House was built by Thomas Russell 150 years ago. The Victoria's Choice house was built by Mrs. Landshof, whose husband installed working electricity . Besides dolls and miniatures the museum also displays blown glass work.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under ten.