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"Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print."

- Dave Barry
Don't overlook this great aspect of model hobbies!  I have built a couple of doll houses now for my daughters.  The hobby is fun, creative, electrical (if desired) and very rewarding.  A really good place to start is Hobby Lobby stores.  They carry a good selection of kits and accessories.  Often, they have a 40% off coupon on their website too!

Niagara Hobby & Crafts - Buffalo, New York
Yes, I know this isn't a local hobby shop, but its the "Biggest in the U.S.A." and they have the best inventory of doll house kits, miniatures & accessories of any place I've been to.  Check them out.  Visit them if you ever get the chance!

Real Good Toys Dollhouses
This is the brand I started with.  Wonderful selection of homes to choose from, great quality and well designed to go together relatively quickly.  Yes, its some work, but its truly a labor of love for someone you care about. 

Hobby Lobby Stores
The best local source of dollhouse supplies.

The Museum of Miniature Houses - Carmel, Indiana
We are fortunate in central Indiana to have this really neat museum.  Take your family sometime.  They have other collections too.

Indianapolis Children's Museum
The Children's Museum has several outstanding dollhouses on display.  Unfortunately, I can't find a link to them via their website.  Strange.  Anyway, they are there for you to see and enjoy if you visit the museum. 

Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle
If you want to see the "ultimate" doll house, go to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  There, you can see Colleen Moore's incredible."Fairy Castle"up close!  Click on photos below for enlarged versions:

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