Dolls have long been a teaching tool—whether tacit or overt. The context is usually of the home-sweet-home variety. But one woman envisoned dolls or, more significantly, dollhouses to be good teaching tools for the field of forensics. Frances Glessnerr Lee created about 20 dollhouse rooms, all with the mundane minutiae of larger-scale life, but also with crime scenes and clues to solve the mysteries.
A contemporary photographer has documented the dollhouses (circa 1940s), and
many of her photos you can see here.
The New Yorks Times wrote an interesting article about these dollhouses and its creator.