Current Status: The museum requests that all visitors wear a mask while inside the museum.
The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont is located in an 1850s Victorian house in Bennington, Vermont. This museum features a unique collection of dollhouses, including Victorian and Regency-style homes, city townhouses, cottages, and even fairy houses. There are also specialty dollhouses for visitors to enjoy, such as metal dollhouses and a Bliss house. The dollhouses range in size from a 1/4 to full-scale. Visitors can peruse the details of the different dollhouses, as many are intricately furnished. Some include gardening rooms, complete with pots and shovels, tea rooms with desserts, or art galleries with miniature paintings.
One of the current exhibits in the museum is the VtMoMA or the Vermont Museum of Miniature Art. The museum presents galleries of miniature art in dollhouses including re-creations of all paintings by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
In addition to dollhouses, the Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont displays trains and trucks, character dolls, and puppets and puppet theaters. The character dolls include important figures from American history, such as presidents Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. The newest exhibit of dolls in the museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in 2020 and focuses on the women’s suffrage movement.
There are many other places to visit while in Bennington, including the Historic Burt Henry Covered Bridge, Bennington Museum, and the Bennington Battle Monument.
The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The admission fee for children three and up is $2 and is $4 for adults. Visitors can also make an appointment to view the museum outside of these hours.
“Many dollhouses and miniatures to look at, ran by a lovely and knowledgeable couple! Well worth the trip!”
—Barbara M., Google