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In late 2019, the Midwest Miniatures Museum closed its farmhouse location on the Gilmore Car Museum grounds in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Now MMM starts a new chapter in its growth and development by purchasing the nearly 8,000 square foot Nathaniel and Esther Robbins House in Grand Haven, Michigan.

The Robbins House was constructed in 1899. It has been in continuous use as a private residence, except for a brief time as a law office. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Conversion from a home to a museum will take place in three phases. Initially, the Museum will re-open with first-floor exhibits and a gift shop.

  • Phase One includes adding a fire suppression system, an accessible ramp to the front door entrance, and a bathroom which meets ADA compliance standards.
  • Phase Two plans include installation of an elevator and an additional stairwell to accommodate all four floors of the structure. This will allow for more exhibit space on the second floor, as well as meeting and office areas on the third floor.
  • Phase Three encompasses opening of classrooms and a maker space in the lower level by 2022.

When complete, the Robbins House will more fully meet the Museum’s ability to exhibit and expand the Collection, as well as coordinate educational outreach projects and community partnerships.

To read more about the historic Nathaniel and Esther Robbins House go here.