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It’s a small world at museum open house

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Ryann Putman talks with her son, Rex, who is experimenting with the lights on the carousel on display Saturday at the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum open house. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The one-day open house of the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum Saturday attracted many people for a unique glimpse at history, world cultures and Americana novelties.

Lisa Dunlap Photo
Many different types of exhibits — from a miniature of an Egyptian temple to collections of vintage toy robots and rockets — have been donated or consigned to the museum. This adobe house is owned by LaVerne Smith.

The Saturday event was a fundraiser for the museum, which exists under the umbrella of the Roswell Interarts Organization (RIO), a nonprofit public art group and the principal force behind the Learning Tree at the public library, the downtown Reischman Park and the restoration of the former Roswell Motors Supply building into an event venue. The museum still needs money for operational funds, mortgage payments and renovations.

“The ball is rolling,” said Nancy Fleming, one of the RIO artists leading the museum effort. “We have so many other miniatures and collectibles and curios to renovate and put on display.”

The museum, located in the former Cobean Stationery Co.’s store at 320 N. Richardson, was open for a preview during the UFO Festival in late June and early July. Because organizers are still in the process of improving the building, raising funds and organizing their inventory, they do not expect to reopen again for a few weeks, and that will be only for Saturdays and maybe a weekday, Fleming said.

A grand opening of the museum, with a regular schedule of operating hours, is expected by late 2018.

The museum has a gift shop, a children’s play area, an adult gaming area and the exhibit areas. Eventually it will offer workshops, master classes and the hosting of events. The exhibits come from the collections of several different people and organizations. Some are just for display, but, when the museum opens full time, it also will have some items provided on consignment that will be available for purchase.

Exhibits and collections seen Saturday included a dollhouse depicting an 1800s estate, 1943 storybook dolls, a miniature representation of an American Indian curio shop, a 2017 miniature museum modeled after the local Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, a replica of an early 1900s country kitchen and a model of Pocoville village with a water tower, train depot and opera house.

More information about the museum is available by emailing RoswellMCCM@gmail.com.