Michael’s Museum | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Michael’s Museum

All Ages 

Summon your inner child as you peek inside Michael’s Museum: A Curious Collection of Tiny Treasures. This permanent exhibit fosters the art of collecting and features nearly 100 collections of tiny objects, including miniatures, trinkets, artifacts and curiosities donated by founder and curator Michael Horvich.

Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll experience a cozy setting filled with wondrous collections of toys, jewelry, dollhouse furniture and more. Don’t forget to look for Michael’s favorite item—a little black and white wooden horse he carved as a child with his father to earn a Cub Scout patch.

Michael’s Museum offers vast opportunities for children’s cognitive, physical, linguistic, and social and emotional development. Children can ask questions and tell stories as they observe the objects, use magnifiers and rulers to gain new perspectives, sort and organize hundreds of tiny treasures, and act as “curators” of their own displays on open case shelves.

Michael began collecting as a young child. Do your children collect? If so, what do they collect and when did they begin? We want to showcase young collectors in the Michael’s Museum exhibit. Share your photos with us on our Facebook page, and we may decide to use the images in a digital photo frame inside the exhibit for our visitors to see and appreciate. Please upload only high resolution photos and include your child’s name, age, and the contents of the collection.

Michael's Museum