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.
All images via Victoria and Albert Museum, London.