NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures
Preservation, Education and Fun
Formerly Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures

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Everyone is invited to join our events at NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures in Spencer, North Carolina. We certainly have a lot in store for you!

New exhibits installed quarterly. These include a rare collection of wooden and pull toys from 1880-1950 (on loan from Steve Mayo), and a new toy soldier diorama courtesy of The SC Toy Soldier Club.

Michael Eury – September 30, 2017

Captain Action PROGRAM – 2:00 PM

Captain Action, the original super-hero action figure, was introduced by Ideal Toys in 1966 in the wake of the Batman TV show craze. The super-hero counterpart to Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Mattel’s Barbie, Captain Action could assume the identities of 13 famous super-heroes, from Superman to Spider-Man (in costumes sold separately), and also appeared in a range of additional products. His initial career lasted only three years, but continuing interest has led to Captain Action revivals in the toy, comic, and trading card worlds. Michael Eury’s presentation will feature a look at this classic toy’s roots, with some select Captain Action figures on display during the presentation.

Concord, NC, native Michael Eury is an award-winning author, editor, and historian who has written or co-written 14 nonfiction books on regional and pop-culture history, as well as graphic novels, comic books, and magazine articles. The former executive director of Historic Cabarrus Association, Michael is internationally known in the comic-book world as the editor-in-chief of the Eisner Award-nominated magazine "Back Issue" and for his previous work at DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. His latest book is "Hero-A-Go-Go: Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of the Swinging Sixties," from TwoMorrows Publishing.


*Regular admission charge

Night at the Museum III

Date: October 21, 2017

Show Times: 6:00 PM

Come and experience a night of fun for adults and children. The second annual “Night at the Museums” event hosted by Rowan Museum and the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures is sure to be a giant success once again.


The museums plan to put on quite a show which will include a trolley ride, a tour of both museums, meeting a variety of interactive charters, and a buffet dinner. Last year, all three shows were sold out in advance, so get your tickets early!

*Tickets can be purchased at the Rowan Museum at 202 North Main Street Salisbury, North Carolina. For more information, you may contact the museum at 704-633-5946.

From Russia with Love - A Special Cultural and  Doll Themed Luncheon

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Programs will highlight the history behind Russia’s beloved folk craft —the Russian nesting or stacking dolls, Russian Peasant Dolls, Fabergé Eggs, and Russian Culture.

Walton Conway and The Golden Cockerel have been making authentic Russian nesting dolls since 1993. The small friendly company is based jointly in Boone, NC & St. Petersburg, Russia. Come enjoy the tale of Conway’s journey which began as a 1,500 mile bike ride from the former West Germany to the Soviet Union during the summer of 1991 & discover the exotic handiwork of Russian artisans.

Most Russian Peasant dolls were created as souvenir or travel dolls. The dolls represent the people of the villages, the "peasants" (farmers) and the traditional dress of old Russia. Come learn about the Cold War and the effect it had on the quest for these Russian beauties.  Program by Robin Wyatt, President, Rowan Doll Society & former UFDC Region 8 Director.

Enjoy Debbie Talbert’s presentation about the passion for Imperial Faberge Eggs. Of all the Easter Eggs ever made and gifted, this is a particular collection that exists as a testament of craftsmanship and genius. They were found and lost, pillaged and protected. They represent mystery and mayhem, terror and tragedy.

Each Registration of $75.00 includes:  Displays *Helpers * Door Prizes * Luncheon * Museum Tour * Programs * Sales Tables * Souvenirs and Themed Souvenir Doll * Museum Reception


Special Features: Extensive Doll exhibits on display from The Golden Cockerel & NC Museum of Dolls, Toys and Miniatures (formerly Spencer Doll and Toy Museum), Sampling of Russian Foods   


REGISTRATION DEADLINE is October 28th, 2017.  No refunds after October 1st. Ltd Seating.

All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures (formerly Spencer Doll and Toy Museum). The mission of the NCMDTM is to provide educational and cultural experiences through the preservation and collection of dolls, miniatures and toys.


Event Location: Central United Methodist Church 200 Fourth Street Spencer, NC (Just 1 block from the Museum). For more information visit

Benefit Sale

Dates: November 17 and 18

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come shop through a large variety of items including:

Antique Dolls, Modern Dolls, Doll Accessories, Doll Clothes, Toys, Action Figures, Model Trains, Diecast Vehicles, Miniatures, collectibles & much more etc.

Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style)
This Benefit Sale and Antique Appraisal Fair will last for 2 days.

Dates: November 17 and 18

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Want to know the price of a  family heirloom, yard sale bargain and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements? Bring them on in and let our experts reveal the fascinating truths about your special finds.

Antique dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at your items. He will also offer advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise, including toys. Appraisal cost is $5 per item.

Peer Into the Future with us…Let’s Make a Fortune Teller Doll

Saturday, December 2

Cost $85.00.Registration Required.

No crystal balls needed for this workshop! Doll artist, Susie Hines will guide us all the way during this one-of-a-kind hands-on workshop at the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures (formerly Spencer Doll and Toy Museum) on Saturday, December 2nd.  

Students will create a reproduction fortune telling doll. She is a glazed, hand-painted half doll. Her skirt is made of acid-free and lignin-free paper. She has a short over skirt of silk burgundy with white lace. She is posed upon a paper Mache cone on a wooden base. Her fortunes are typed, cut and ready to be assembled. At the end of this creative workshop, you'll leave with a finished doll. This project is simple and fun.

Fortune-telling dolls like this one, were very popular in the Victorian era. The skirt is composed of folded pieces of paper with the mottoes written in ink. The doll's skirt is made from many folded colored paper leaves, each one concealing a prediction for the future


Attendees are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. You’ll also enjoy door prizes and souvenirs.


Susie Hines is a distinguished artist who lives in Charlotte, NC. In 1984, Susie caught “the fever” when she began collecting porcelain dolls. While attending classes at Merrie’s Doll Boutique, Susie was encouraged to compete in competition and study under the Doll Artisan Guild School of Doll Making (DAG). Susie has received her doll artisan certification in 2000, her DAG master in antique reproduction in October 2002 and her DAG Grand Master in antique reproduction doll making in June 2004. It’s no wonder she has she won many blue ribbons in competition!


Susie is a current member of the Rowan Doll Society and has a passion for antique dolls and Santa Clauses.  Her collection consists of all types of dolls which is why she especially enjoys studying the history of dolls.  .

Tea With Mrs. Claus

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mrs. Claus will pay a special visit to the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures. Join us for tea, cookies, and more!

The cost to attend is $28 for one adult and one child pair. Additional fees are $13 for each additional child or $15 for an additional adult.

Resuming in January 2018 EVERY THURSDAY – Downton Abbey Club

Time:  2:00pm

We will be pick up the club meetings by watching Season 4 – Come early and enjoy the museum!
Please come and join us for an episode, tea, cookies, trivia, drawings and great conversation!  We will make room for a few more! 
*Regular Admission price with a special membership option.

Registration includes:

  • Door Prizes
  • Tea
  • Punch

  • Cookies
  • Snacks
  • Helpers

  • Museum Tour
  • The Great Santa Search
  • A Special Christmas Story

Mrs. Claus has agreed to pose for pictures, so don't forget to bring your camera. This event is sponsored by the Rowan Doll Society and UFDC. All proceeds will benefit the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures.

Rowan Doll Society for Jr. Doll Collectors Meeting – To Be Announced

Join the Rowan Doll Society for a Jr. Collectors Meeting at the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures. The fun and casual get-together will be hosted from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and will include:

  • Story Time 
  • A Short Program on American Girl

  • Refreshments

  • Door Prizes 

One lucky attendee will receive an 18-inch American Girl doll. This event is being held in line with the Rowan Doll Society’s campaign to encourage education and collecting for young children.