Exquisitely Detailed Dollhouses Document 300 Years of British Domestic Life

Small Stories Exhibit in National Building Museum

Renowned for its world-class collection and dedication to preservation, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood offers a nostalgic look at Great Britain’s cultural heritage. Recently, the institution loaned a dozen of its prized dollhouses to the National Building Museum in Washington DC for a special show titled Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse.

The exquisite exhibition features twelve dollhouses, offering a range of “country mansions, the Georgian town house, suburban villas, newly-built council estates, and high-rise apartments.” The miniature homes are curated chronologically to represent a period of 300 years and highlight the changing tastes and defining styles of each period. Complete with mini figurines, tiny furniture, and even original wallpaper—as in the case of the beautiful Tate Baby House (a delightful dwelling from 1760). Expertly crafted, beautifully designed, and demonstrating a high attention to detail, each residence proves that dollhouses are so much more than mere toys.

Small Stories has made itself at home at the National Building Museum—a site dedicated to “telling the stories of architecture, engineering, and design”—where it will reside until January 22, 2017.

Tiny Residence Expertly Crafted

Beautifully Designed Interiors In Miniature Home

British Institution Donates Prized Dollhouses To Museum In Washington DC

High Attention To Detail In Exquisite Dollhouse

Original Wallpaper In Beautifully Designed Dollhouse

Tiny Furniture Within Exquisite Dollhouse

Miniature Residences From The Small Stories Exhibit

Expertly Crafted Tiny Residences

Beautiful Interiors Of Prized Dollhouse

Exquisite Details In Miniature Home

Tiny Home From The Small Stories Exhibit

Miniature Residence From Dollhouse Exhibit

Small Stories Exhibition Housed In Washington DC

Interiors Of Beautifully Designed Dollhouse

Tiny Furniture Pieces In Dollhouse

Mini Residency From Small Stories Exhibit

Tiny Kitchen Within Dollhouse

Miniature Mansion From Dollhouse Exhibit

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All images via Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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