NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures
NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures has been open for more than five years. Inspired by the life of Amy Dawn Morris, we embrace the same joy and optimism that Amy displayed despite suffering from a terminal illness. Her beautiful spirit and collection of dolls gave us the idea to open this one-of-a-kind museum.
Located in Spencer, North Carolina, we are a 501(c)(3) board-only nonprofit organization. We fall under the classification of a private foundation with public charity status. All proceeds from sales, admission, membership and merchandise serve as funds for the museum’s operations.
Our Memberships and Affiliations
- United Federation of Doll Clubs
- National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts
- Rowan County Chamber of Commerce
- Schoenhut Collectors Club
Meet Our Board Members
Lynn was born and grew up in Winston-Salem. She has a BS Degree in Home Economics and a BA in History from UNC-Greensboro. She recently retired after 18 years of teaching for Yadkin County Schools. Lynn has been a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts for 30 years. She has served as club president for the Forsyth Miniature Enthusiasts and Mini Reflections of Mooresville during that time. Lynn is a charter member of Miniature Enchantment, currently serving as the President. This club that has sponsored the Enchanted Village exhibit at the Southern Christmas Show for the past 24 years. She has also chaired State Days, served as State Representative, and has been a member of several regional Houseparty and NAME National Convention committees. She served as Co-chair for the 2012 National held in Charlotte. Her current role with NAME is that of E-3 Regional Coordinator , serving members in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. Lynn is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, with 28 years of volunteer service to youth and adult leaders in the Old Hickory Council in northwest North Carolina. She currently serves as Cubmaster for Pack 683 in the Forbush Community, is a member of the training team for the council and is a member of the Executive Board for the CRK (Camp Raven Knob)/OHC Historical Association. Lynn has been married to Richard Frank for 39 years, has two sons, Christopher and Jonathan and his wife, Katie, and grandson, Grayson.
Michael and Gayle Hansen
Michael and Gayle are the owners of Mike and Gayle's Joys and Toys which can be found at the Metrolina or Liberty Antique show. The couple travels up and down the East Coast searching for treasures. When they are not traveling, Mike and Gayle enjoy making miniatures and volunteering at their church. Gayle is the Museum's Curator.
Susan L. Morris
Susan is a Rowan County native. She is a prominent business owner, an avid golfer, and also serves on several local boards. Her volunteer work has earned her numerous accolades.
She enjoys being a member of the Rowan Doll Society and is inspired by the other collectors and their talents. While she enjoys collecting, Susan's favorite doll is her granddaughter, Caroline.
Beth Morris Nance
Beth is a native of Spencer and a graduate of North Rowan High School. She earned her BA from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina where she lived until 2005.
Beth, along with her husband Robert and daughter Caroline, moved back to Rowan County. A dedicated community volunteer, she serves as the museum's director.
Her hobbies include reading, making miniatures, and cross stitching. She is an enthusiastic member of the Rowan Doll Society in Salisbury and loves all dolls and toys. Her most recent achievement was being awarded the 2016 UFDC Protection and Preservation of Dolls.
Wayne and Helen Thomas
Wayne was born in Lansing, Michigan and spent three years in the US Navy before joining IBM in Toledo, Ohio as a Customer Engineer. In 1980, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to work as a Software Engineer.
He is the Board Treasurer for Rowan Doll Society and Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, North Carolina. His hobbies include making props for the circus and working on doll houses. He mainly collects Schoenhut Circus figures, tents, and animals, plus several Schoenhut dolls.
Helen was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989. Her penchant for collecting started when her grandmother bought her a German bisque doll from an antique shop when she was five years old.
She feels blessed to belong to the Rowan Doll Society. Her collection consists mostly of German and French bebes and French fashion dolls. She also has many foreign dolls, papier–mâché, China Heads and a few modern dolls.
On the 1900-era Schoenhut Humpty-Dumpty mini circus:
For those seeking rare collectibles, this is the museum’s biggest don’t-miss exhibit.
-Our State Magazine
From Shirley Temple dolls to trains and die-cast racecars, the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum has something for every age and gender.
- Catawba Pioneer
Liked very much!
- Nathan and Frances Ellsworth, Patrick Springs, VA
Slice of History, so amazed of the collection!
- Paul Varame, Woodmere, NY
What a wonderful place!! You will not be disappointed.
- Vicki Graham from NC
We loved our stop here.The only other comparable toy museum I have been to is the Shelburne Museum in Vermont but I think this place has more items on display.”
- Raelene Vatrum from OH