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There are a very few places in the world where visitors can enjoy a large collection of miniature buildings, rooms and artifacts: Chicago’s Art Institute, England, and now, Maysville.
A New Way to Look at the World
We invite you to journey through this unrivalled collection of thousands of 1/12 scale miniatures, each selected or commissioned by Maysville native Kaye Browning. The Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection is housed in our 3,200-square-foot exhibit hall and features hundreds of limited-edition or one-of-a-kind homes, room boxes, vignettes, and individual works of art that captured Kaye’s heart either for their charming stories or their historical
significance. Wander Upstairs and Downstairs. SPENCER HOME IN LONDON
From glorious mansions to small apartments, our miniature homes offer a glimpse of how people lived in different times and different cultures. Each one captures the essence of life, whether it was lived in the distant past, in some faraway place, or in the here-and now.
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Absorb the Amazing Details
Incredible artistry and craftsmanship turn each of our miniatures into a true marvel. Some were made by world-famous miniaturists, while others were lovingly handcrafted by anonymous artisans, but all invite you to appreciate the details of life—past, present or imaginary—from a powerful, new perspective. Visit again and again to see how the collection changes with the seasons.
RUSSELL THEATER MINIATURE
After almost a two year wait, the Russell Theater miniature is now on display in the KSB Miniature Gallery. Steve Jedd and Allison Ashby finished the installation on March 11th as an appreciative audience watched it slowly be put together and the lights turned on.
This is the first miniature in the collection where the general public was invited to have a personal hand in constructing. Many of the 11,000 bricks in the façade were purchased and engraved by anyone who wanted to commemorate the memory of someone or honor their lives. Half of the money raised from this activity went to the Russell Theater restoration committee and the other half will be used by the museum for operational expenses. The miniature of the Russell joins two other Maysville miniatures, the Cox Building and the Bethel Baptist Church.
Ashby and Jedd’s attention to detail included researching and hanging movie posters of shows that played at the Russell the same year Rosemary Clooney premiered her movie, “The Stars Are Singing” at the theater. There is even an empty coke glass in the ticket booth which leads you to believe the ticket seller had just finished her drink and stepped out for a minute. Each detail was meticulously researched and reproduced from the tiles on the floor to the placement of the decorative plaques and drain pipe from the theater marquee.
Now that the exterior of the theater is finished, Ashby and Jedd will concentrate on the interior of the theater which should complete the project. They predict the interior will also take two years before it is finished to their exacting standards. Once completed the Russell interior will take its place next to the exterior, both a reminder of the hey-day of local movie houses and all their opulence.