Visit the Squeeze Bar at STL’s Miniature Museum

ST. LOUIS – The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis has many miniature houses. The dollhouses are diverse. There is a variety of dollhouses, from large houses like a haunted house, mansion and galleria to small scenes like shake shops and a “squeak”.

“The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis has been an ongoing institution since 1988,” said Meg Dietrich, Treasurer of the Board of MMGS. “A small group got together to start a museum in this area. That way future generations could enjoy their own collections.”

The small original group of miniaturists grew into a larger organization. They continued to raise money to buy a permanent place for their museum.

They raised money in the 90’s by holding auctions, flea markets and miniature exhibitions. The funds were all saved to buy a future home.

“They discovered this building, which was a furniture store and was empty. The organization spent the entire year 2000 renovating and cleaning,” said Dietrich. “They opened here in June 2001.”

Dietrich said they also paid for the building on time. Since all workers were volunteers, they did not have to pay for the work.

Dietrich said once they receive a donation for the museum, the volunteer group will outfit the displays with lighting fixtures.

“We also had a behind-the-scenes crew of spouses who weren’t Minis but were married to Minis and wanted to encourage the museum,” Dietrich said.

These behind-the-scenes workers fixed the displays on the second floor. They also made small fixes, e.g. B. Make fireplaces look like they are lit when the backlight is turned on.

The upper floor was completed in 2014.

The museum operates on a donation basis. Monetary or exhibition donations are accepted.

Dietrich said that the exhibition donations could also generate money.

“They could be disassembled and give the best parts to the gift shop, the least best parts to, um, a flea market,” Dietrich said. “But it all benefits the museum in a way. We have two annual flea markets. One in August and one in April.”

“Each individual designs according to their financial possibilities and what their home will accommodate,” said Dietrich.

She explained that they have some huge houses that would require a truck to move them. They also have smaller houses that are easier to transport.

Her miniature scenes include an eat-in kitchen, a child’s room, and a holiday scene, to name a few.

“Two of the youngest are a five-story dollhouse that was owned by a member. It was delivered in three trips. Each floor was separate and could be added later,” said Dietrich. “Another is a vintage 15-room oak cabinet.”

To visit the museum, visit the Its opening hours are Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m Visit the Squeeze Bar at STL’s Miniature Museum

Sarah Y. Kim

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