Another one of my favorite exhibits at MSI is the beloved Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle.
I’m here in one of my favorite rooms, the Library. I feel very much at home in this room because it’s decorated to look like my home in the sea. Built in Hollywood, CA, the Fairy Castle was the creation and brainchild of famed silent movie star, Colleen Moore (1902-1988). Inspired to collaborate with the most talented and innovative set designers, craftsmen and artisans of the early 20th century, Colleen toured the castle all over the country bringing joy and happiness to children during the Great Depression.
Inside the Castle are Colleen’s lifelong collection of 1,500 miniature objects, some of which are made out of rare wood, ivory, gold, silver and diamonds. These irreplaceable pieces were hand selected by Colleen and often during her later years, she was known to climb inside a room and play with her tiny treasures. Just like Colleen, I love to cozy up inside the castle, especially the Library where you can find my “twin”, another seal made out of bronze who holds the world on his shoulders, dozens of real miniature books (such as Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels), games and exquisite miniature objects. Sometimes, I just pop in to play a quick game of checkers with one of my fairy friends!