History of the Midwest Miniatures Museum

A dream come true…Francis Light (and two other miniaturists, Criss Goad and Pat Bauder) had a dream and a desire to provide space for people to experience miniatures as fine art. From 2007 through today, that dream continues to become a bigger and better reality. Here is the journey.


National Miniatures Trust establishes the Museum located in a farmhouse on the Gilmore Car Museum property in Hickory Corners, Michigan.


Founder Frances Light (photo) re-establishes the Museum as the Midwest Miniatures Museum (MMM), an independent museum, remaining at the Hickory Corners location.


MMM becomes a member organization of Barry Community Foundation (BCF).


MMM becomes a member of Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.


MMM becomes a member organization of Discover Kalamazoo.


MMM obtains 501(c)(3) status separate from BCF.


Founder and Board Chairman Francis Light passes away.


Light collection and endowment formally received by the Museum.


Property search begins for a more appropriate structure and location.


Robbins House in Grand Haven, Michigan is purchased as the new Museum facility.

Winter 2020

Retrofit of Robbins House and relocation of Midwest Miniatures Museum collection here in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Spring 2020

Museum re-opens in its new home.