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.

2007

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

2009

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

2010

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

2011

MMM becomes a member of Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

2012

MMM becomes a member organization of Discover Kalamazoo.

2013

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

2014

Founder and Board Chairman Francis Light passes away.

2015

Light collection and endowment formally received by the Museum.

2018

Property search begins for a more appropriate structure and location.

2019

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.