The Gunn Museum’s holiday exhibition, It’s a Small, Small World: Dollhouses and Miniatures, is on display through January 20. This holiday season, visitors will enter a fantasy world of miniature houses, furnishings, toys, and dolls, loved and played with by generations of children.
Under the guidance of artistic director Chris Zaima, designer Sandy Booth and John Pitts, the former scenic artist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, this whimsical exhibit captures the holiday spirit for children of all ages. The enchanting display features over fifty unique handcrafted dollhouses and roomboxes, spanning three centuries, from the Gunn Museum, Washington residents and private collectors across the Northeast.
A number of dollhouse treasures, discovered in local attics, basements and barns, are now seeing the light of day for the first time in decades in this exhibit. The oldest item on display is a very rare George II English Baby House built in 1747. Some other notable artifacts in the exhibit are 1890s Moritz Gottschalk dollhouses, elaborate 19th century German “room boxes”, a 1920s Tynietoy dollhouse with original Tynietoy furnishings, an early 20th century British Tri-ang dollhouse, a Mt. Vernon dollhouse built in 1932 for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth, Louis Marx tin houses, among many others. Also included in this exhibit is the work of local dollhouse craftsmen and miniature artisans Rick Maccione of Dollhouse Mansions, Susan Anthony Klein, and Teresa Layman.
Bring your holiday guests to this must-see exhibit. The Gunn Museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are always appreciated. The Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, the intersection of Rt. 47 and Wykeham Road, in Washington, CT. For more information call 860-868-7756 or view www.gunnlibrary.org
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