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The Great American Dollhouse Museum showcases over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes, furnished in remarkable detail and populated with tiny people at work and play. The Museum’s unique focus is the depiction of American social history in miniature. The Exhibition Hall presents as three major areas. The first, a timeline of United States History from Native American through Colonial, Old West, early Southwest and modern eras, gives the visitor a vivid sense of what it would be like to live in different regions of our country at various times in the past. The second major display area, a complete miniature town circa 1910, includes mansion, business, retail and factory districts as well as a Shaker village. Here, the visitor is lured into detailed fictional stories of the lives and characters of the town. The last section of the Museum contains a heavily forested fantasy land with faeries, elves, witches, trolls and a walk-in dragon cave. It’s just for fun and always well-loved by visitors of all ages. The Museum also contains an extensive range of miniatures for sale in its store. Extensive gallery of photographs on the website.

Unlike traditional museum displays, in which each artifact stands isolated in its case, our exhibits are interconnected both physically and by the stories they tell. Our Timeline winds its way through United States history from Native American, Colonial, Old West, Southwest and Victorian eras through the decades of the 20th century, ending in a modern scene that includes a hot tub, cell phones, and an exhausted babysitter. Next, the town of Copper Hollow unfurls its neighborhoods, streets, rural lands and forests in a vast, continuous landscape. Representing an American yesteryear of around 1910, the hundreds of antique and artisan-sculpted, historically-dressed citizens interact with family, friends and business associates as would any townspeople. Visitors can thread their way along any variety of avenues and alleys as in a real town, peering into the open backs of homes and businesses to enjoy the décor and activity therein. From its factory district, downtrodden rooming houses, and industrious Shaker Village to the most opulent mansions, you may make some pretty good guesses about the lives, and even the gossip, generated behind supposedly closed doors!1
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