We had a simple plan for our Saturday adventure. Earlier in the summer, we rode the carousel in Logansport, Indiana. Our granddaughters had a great time, so we found another of these antique amusement rides in a park located in Noblesville. Rooster and I planned to take the girls there and let them ride. Our Chevy Spark started down the highway and ran into a wall of rain. We needed a change of plans because the carousel ride would close due to the weather. I got on my phone and found The Museum of Miniature Houses. This small attraction on a corner in the Arts District of Carmel became our new adventure destination.
I have to admit The Museum of Miniature Houses topped my adventure list for a while now. We’d passed the corner many times. The idea of Rooster enjoying the experience of looking at a bunch of dollhouses seemed so ridiculous I put the experience on the back shelf. I knew he’d never consent to the adventure idea. The desire to show our granddaughters a good time overcame his masculine pride. He didn’t even flinch at the entrance fee.
Information about The Museum of Miniature Houses
The Museum of Miniature Houses is located at 111 East Main Street Carmel, Indiana. We found parking in the back of the facility. General admission is ten dollars, and children get in for five. There is a two-dollar senior and military discount. I don’t know why Rooster didn’t ask for this cost reduction or why the lady didn’t offer it to him. The hours are 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
How Miniature Houses defer from Dollhouses
There exists a big difference between a miniature house and a dollhouse. A dollhouse is a toy a child can play with and not worry about pieces getting broken. Miniature houses are actual replicas of houses that once existed. Attention to detail and intricate replication exists when creating one of these interesting houses. The rooms in these houses are correct in historical detail. The craftsmen created a magical feeling when designing these displays, making visiting The Museum of Miniature Houses worth the price of admission.
Our experience visiting The Museum of Miniature Houses
My granddaughter’s eyes lit up as soon as we walked through the door of the museum. We entered a tight space and paid the entry fee, and in every room, we found displays of small houses done up in miniature detail. These exhibits amazed the adults in the crowd as well as the kids. Our grandchildren thought they’d been transported into another world.
We journey through the rooms with smiles spread across our faces. Even Rooster seemed to be amazed at the displays. We found a dollhouse the girls could play within one of the rooms for as long as they wanted. I don’t think they ever had the dollhouse play experience.
We eventually moved on to another room. I found a dollhouse similar to the one I used to have when I was a kid. There’s was in much better shape. My Momma bought mine at a neighborhood garage sale. The furniture was missing, and it was a little worse for wear. Still, I spent many hours pretending that it was my real home in the suburbs. I wanted to have a home just like it when I grew up.
Where we went after The Museum of Miniature Houses
The girls became so excited about the miniature houses Rooster decided they needed a dollhouse. On the way to a local craft store, we learned an interesting fact. The youngest sister claims her older sister’s stinkers smell like boy farts. She couldn’t clarify what the statement meant, but we interpreted it as the farts smelled extremely bad. I digress. We discovered an entire section of dollhouse stuff at the hobby store. I think Rooster and the girls have acquired a new hobby. I hope that it won’t involve power tools. We left the store and heard dogs barking. The girls had to investigate. Once we made it inside the pet shop, we discovered the culprit who made all the noise. A dog clipped to look like a zebra stood in a kennel at the back of the store. The girls wanted to take the zebra dog home, but Rooster and I said no.
The rain finally stopped. The drive home was quiet. The Museum of Miniature Houses saved the day. I am positive a dollhouse in some form will find its way into our granddaughter’s future. I remember how much fun I had playing with mine when I was a kid. If you find yourself in Carmel, Indiana, with a few hours on your hands, I recommend this small museum. If you bring your grandchildren with you, I recommend you also have your charge card handy. A dollhouse will become part of your future.
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