If you haven't taken a look at the links section of my website (conveniently accessible via the links at the top of the blog), it would be well worth your time. I thought I'd run through some of them and give you a preview of what you can find. So we'll start with the Miniature Eye-Candy!
One of the most famous silent film stars of the 1920s, Colleen Moore began work on the Fairy Castle in 1928. Her position and fame allowed her to enlist the help of over 700 designers and craftsmen - including art directors, interior designers, jewelers, and even surgical lighting specialists! Altogether it cost nearly $500,000.
The Fairy Castle contains only the best: floors of marble and jade; working plumbing fixtures of gold and silver; murals and paintings painted by Walt Disney himself; chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls; real antiquities over 2,000 years old. The library holds over 100 books, all first or original editions, many hand written by some of the world's most prominent modern authors. The bible in the chapel is the tiniest bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840. Every piece is a work of art.
In 1935 Colleen Moore organized a national tour of the Fairy Castle to raise money for children's charities. The tour stopped in most major cities of the United States and was a huge success, raising more than $650,000 between 1935 and 1939. Since 1949 the Castle has been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
The Great Global Online 24 Hour Dollhouse Museum Tour - This site puts a world of miniatures at your fingertips. From the antique dolls houses and cabinet houses of The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Rijksmuseum, to the work of modern artists like Bill Lankford and Bluette Meloney, Grazhina has organized a list of online displays that will keep you busy for hours!
Miniature World - This museum is located in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada, and someday I will visit it. They feature over 80 miniature dioramas, including two of the world's largest dollhouses and one of the world's largest model railways.
With their website's handy-dandy interactive map, you can visit the different areas of the museum and see slideshows of the miniature displays. Visit the Circus, the Enchanted Valley of Castles, Frontier Land, Fantasy Land, Space 2201 AD, the Fields of Glory, the World of Dickens and Olde London Towne of 1670.
Musée des miniatures & décors de cinéma - This museum is based in Lyon, France, and is another place I will visit someday. In the meantime, I'll have to be content with this virtual tour of their 120 miniatures scenes and over 1,000 other amazing miniatures.
Rik Pierce's Webshots Album - What can you say about Rik Pierce except, "Wow!" A master of design and detail (and PaperClay), Rik's work is simply amazing. His incredibly detailed stonework brings castles and fantasy cottages to life like no other.
Thorne Miniature Rooms - Conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago, the Thorne Rooms were constructed between 1932 and 1940. 68 different rooms depict European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. The Rooms are at The Art Institute of Chicago and can be viewed through this website tour.