We invite you to visit Danville and Boyle County, Kentucky, and experience our treasure trove of historic sites, scenic bluegrass vistas and cultural assets. Whether you visit our idyllic Main Street in Danville; the Civil War Battlefield and Merchant’s Row in Perryville; or the Knobs and natural beauty of Forkland; you will see why Boyle County is where “Preservation meets Progress.” We invite you to come and discover why “it’s better here."
At The Great American Dollhouse Museum, you'll stroll through lushly landscaped miniature villages and neighborhoods; peer through windows and down back alleys. You'll see the day-to-day lives of ordinary people throughout United States history, complete with Fast Facts about history and funny stories about the miniature people.
Find out what has Gregory done to the cat... why a houseguest is passed out in the Grand Sonia Hotel... what children do for a living in the 1910 Garment Factory. At the wedding reception in the mansion district, notice a toddler transferring sweet from the buffet to the open mouth of the family dog. See escaping slaves hiding in stations of the Underground Railroad. Look for changes in technology from the earliest methods of clothes washing through "modern" wringer washers of the 1950s.... and so much more!
The Great American Dollhouse Museum, selected by Kentucky's tourism cabinet as a top-50 destination, showcases over 200 dollhouses and miniature buildings — from an ice cream parlor to a Chinese restaurant to an Ice and Coal Factory — all furnished in meticulous, intricate detail. See puddles of melting ice, a spilled box of kitchen matches smaller than an eyelash, and tiny goldfish swimming in realistic ponds. The Museum comprises hundreds of thousands of minute antique and artisan objects, each one more remarkable than the last. Captions, stories, and historical facts that accompany the displays will help you understand or make you laugh.
Housed in a 1939 National Guard Armory with 20 foot hardwood ceilings and massive steel bowstring trusses, the Museum glows warmly with the light of gothic church fixtures and an eight-foot chandelier. Theatre artists have painted the floors with faux brick, railroad track and gardens. Within this dramatic, historic interior, the Museum showcases a timeline of United States social history in miniature, a 1910 village called Copper Hollow, and a Shaker Village. At the end there's a fantasy forest complete with walk-in cave: beware of dragons, fairies, elves and trolls!
The Museum was voted Best Cultural Attraction in the United States in Rand McNally's 2012 Best of the Road Competition. For photographs, videos, and more information, please visit www.TheDollhouseMuseum.com.
Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 to 5:00 (Year Round)
Phone: (859) 583-8000
Address: 344 Swope Drive, Danville, KY 40422
Admission: $7.50-adults; $6.60-Seniors; $5.00-Children 4-12
Danville/Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau
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