Miniatures

The Mayenne Miniatures museum - NOW OPEN!!

With an on-site museum housing one of the owners' extensive collection of dollshouses and room boxes built up over 40 years of international travel, we have a special interest in tiny things!

Please note this is NOT a doll museum or a museum of old toys, but a collection of scale models, and so is best enjoyed by adults and children over 6.

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE CALL (+ 33) (0) 243 91 77 69) OR EMAIL FIRST TO ARRANGE A TIME TO VISIT.

The museum collection features more than 45 individual displays including an eight-room medieval wizard's castle with furniture by noted artisans including Barry Hipwell and an armoury by Tony Knott, a 12-room 20th century family home with American furniture dating back to the 1960s. There is also a restaurant with gift shop from the Arizona Southwest featuring Native American craftspersons, plus a 4-room Alpine Christmas shop with furniture and decorative items by Karen Markland and other noted American and German artists, plus a 2-room cat themed shop with over 450 cat items.

specially commissioned pieces incluide a 1/24th scale mouse house by Sans Robinson of Rosie Duck designs and a French home decor shop by Michelle LeBoutellier and Chantal Siguret. Roomboxes include a teddy bear shop with more than 350 miniture bears,an Edwardian hat shop, a Victorian conservatory, a delicatessan, a ballet costume maker's workshop, a feline New Year's Eve party, a bedroom with Russian lacquered furniture.and many other unique scenes containing fine scale work from all over the world, including two 1/144th scale houses by Nell Corkin and other items in 1/16th and 1/24th scale.

Several of pieces have been featured in specialist collector magazines such as Nutshell News and International Dolls House News, Dollhouse and Miniature Scene (see Feb09 issue) and the profile in DollsHouse Magazine February 2010.

The museum also displays a small collection of miniature teddy bears and we have on loan display three houses from the collection of noted miniature plant artisan Georgina Steeds. Coming soon - a four storey Dutch antique shop, the teddy bear ballet, a French Easter shop and Santa's Workshop.

Here are photos just a few of the items to whet your appetite

Bear Shop

Edward's Bears

Wizards' Academy

The wizards' academy

Cat shop

Pas de Chat

Farmhouse kitchen

Farmhouse kitchen

Interested in organising a miniatures event here?

If your club or any group of miniaturists would like to organise a short break here centred around a custom-designed workshop or 'retreat' to catch up on unfinished projects, do contact us to discuss your ideas! Or if you can find the students (6 min); we can provide a venue for your class, and we will help you to find a teacher for it if needed. One day events are also possible (with lunch included).

For residential events, three meals a day are provided (including wine with the 4 course dinner). 7 rooms are available, each sleeping 3-4 people, with one adapted for disabled visitors. You will need to arrange your own travel but we can usually collect rail travellers at Laval or Le Mans.