DENVER -- If you want to feel like a giant, there's a place in Denver you can visit that'll put you on top of the world! Or, at least, on top of a doll house.
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys has been around for decades. Its collection features more than 20,000 items ranging from Polly Pocket collectibles to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures.
Some of the miniature museum's biggest hits include a doll house modeled after an actual home in Cherry Creek.
"The owner always said, 'Someday I’m going to have a doll house of the house I grew up in'...And then in 1978 her husband said, 'that someday is now,' and had the house built for her," said Wendy Littlepage, the Museum's Director.
From time to time the museum will dedicate weeks or even months to a certain theme. For instance, it recently decked itself out with a Star Wars theme. (By the way, if you love Star Wars, you've gotta see the Star Wars collectibles at the museum. They're pretty incredible.)
The museum's employees receive donation offerings on a daily basis. One day it might be a Raggedy Ann doll, the next day it might be an antique action figure more than 50 years old.
Problem is, the museum isn't huge (insert joke about it being a museum for miniatures). It's actually looking to move into a larger space within the next year.
Sometimes, people offering to donate toys share emotional stories with the staff.
"I’ll have people come in and tell me they got into miniatures because they either were in abusive childhoods or an abusive relationship," Littlepage said.
Regardless of what sort of toy(s) you were into as a kid, one thing is guaranteed: if you visit The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys you'll walk away with a smile inspired by a nostalgic feeling.