Explore the wonderland of intricate treasures at the House of Broel Foundation's Dollhouse Museum, located on the beautiful second floor. Dozens of high style and handcrafted dollhouses and miniature vignettes, each finished to perfection with lovely furnishings and opulent decor, fill the space. The museum features the largest collection of historically accurate scale model mansions, houses, shops, and vignettes created by a single artist, Bonnie Broel. The collection includes elaborately costumed period figures and decor, making it a must-see for anyone interested in miniatures.
The second floor also showcases the magnificent antiques collected by Ms. Broel over the years, including a French desk made for the Duke of Dresden in 1850, a piece of linen from Egypt that is over 2000 years old, a chandelier with hand-blown grapes cascading from its arms, and the display of Ms. Broel's father's frog farm.
The day Alyssa and I were there, I climbed the stairs to the 2nd floor and caught a glimpse of the 10 foot high 12 foot long Russian Palace Dollhouse. She hadn't wanted us to see it yet but she stopped and laughed at how excited I was. She said "I love your enthusiasm. The look on your face was that of a small child seeing what Santa Claus left on Christmas morning. Many adults lose that early in life. Don't ever lose that. It just made my day."
Deanna D. Duke