A massive day of miniature marvels and movie magic.

Silent film star Colleen Moore's miniature Fairy Castle has long been a marvel in the Museum's collection. Now the woman behind the one-of-a-kind artifact is back in the spotlight once again thanks to Chicago author Kathleen Rooney's new novel, From Dust to Stardust, which is based on the true story of how Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle came to be.

Moore’s Marvelous Minis will be anything but small—the all-day, Museum-wide event will celebrate Moore’s cinematic career, Rooney’s magical storytelling, and the impressive work of modern-day miniature artists. Join the fun with a variety of free and paid activities including:

  • Conversation with author Kathleen Rooney and Alice Hargrave, Colleen Moore's granddaughter (11 a.m. - requires additional ticket: $5 - MSI members $4)
  • Book signing with Kathleen Rooney (1 p.m. - requires advance or onsite book purchase: $20 - MSI members $19)
  • Miniature artisan marketplace with demonstrations and mini items for purchase in the Rotunda (included in Museum Entry)
  • Colleen Moore's film "Flaming Youth" in the  Yesterday's Main Street Nickelodeon (included in Museum Entry)
  • "Destination Storytime" with the Chicago Public Library (10 a.m. - included in Museum Entry)

Tickets and information

Moore's Marvelous Minis event
A miniature chapel with pipe organ and stained glass window, from the interior of the Colleen Moore Fairy Castle.


For portions requiring additional tickets, add one of these event tickets to your order after selecting your January 27 Museum Entry time.

Event: $5 (MSI members: $4)

The one-hour speaking program (11 a.m. in the Auditorium) is not included in Museum Entry and requires an additional ticket.

Event + book: $20 (MSI members: $19)

An author book signing will take place at 1 p.m. in the Science Theater. A copy of From Dust to Stardust may be pre-purchased with your event ticket, or purchased onsite (while supplies last).

Ticketing for January 27

For artist inquiries or questions on the event, please email events@msichicago.org.