The NCMDTM was founded in 2012 by the Morris and Nance families to honor their daughter/sister, Amy Dawn Morris. Amy, a passionate collector of dolls and miniatures, succumbed to Werdnig-Hoffman Disease (also known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy) just two weeks shy of her 22nd birthday. The Museum opened its doors in her honor featuring her cherished collection of dolls and miniatures. Today, the Museum collection has grown to include thousands of items, most donated by collectors who wish to preserve their childhood artifacts.
"From Shirley Temple dolls to trains and die-cast race cars, the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys, and Miniatures has something for every age and gender."
"Every single piece is a joy to behold. Some have very interesting histories and some are incredibly rare. It takes a long time to drink in all the details, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this magical storehouse of treasures!"
“I was awed by the collection of items in this museum - it’s not just dolls - and it’s for women and men of all ages and of course children. Preservation of the past - for the future.”
“There is so much more to this museum than just looking at the dolls and toys. We learned so much… it really was an eye-opener to us about how many stories and history are connected to each piece. The staff was great.”
"For those seeking rare collectibles, the Schoenhut miniature Humpty Dumpty Circus is the Museum’s biggest don’t-miss exhibit."
"We loved our stop here.The only other comparable toy museum I have been to is the Shelburne Museum in Vermont but I think this place has more items on display."
"Slice of History, so amazed by the collection!"