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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures - Attraction Guide

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Tucson

Discover the magical world of miniatures at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, where visitors are transported to different lands and times through the stories told by over 500 miniature houses and roomboxes, expertly displayed in over 10,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space. The Museum’s permanent collection boasts antique dollhouses dating to 1742, contemporary fine-scale miniatures, and enchanting collectibles.

Frequent temporary exhibits, special programs, and events mean there is always something new to see. The Chicago Tribune has claimed; “The magic of this place cannot be overstated.

Arranged into three galleries, you'll view a number of scenes - Geppetto with Pinocchio, a french chateau, Miss Havisham from Dickens' Great Expectations, the headless horseman, a maze from Alice in Wonderland, tiny fairy homes, and MUCH more.

Founders Patricia and Walter Arnell originally "envisioned an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of the collection could be enjoyed by everyone- a place that would be enchanting, magical, and provide a rich sensory experience." Their dream appears to have come true.

CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19: The Mini Time Machine's new hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Entry is by timed-ticket only and it is recommended (though not required) that you purchase your tickets online. Men's and women's restrooms are both open. The facility is currently not available for rent for parties. Please call 520-881-0606 to confirm hours and current policies.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures located?

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures can be found in North-Central Tucson near Swan & Ft. Lowell. The address is: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson.

When did The Mini Time Machine Museum originally open?

The museum originally opened on September 1, 2009 and celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

What are the hours?

The Mini Time Machine is open Tues-Sun, 9:00am-4:00pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

What is the parking situation at the museum?

Parking is free and plentiful.

Why would I visit The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures?

  • To view a collection of over 500 miniature houses and roomboxes.
  • To attend or host a birthday party.
  • To go on a school field trip.
  • To participate in a special event - Kids Create, Tiny Tales for Tots, or holiday happenings.
  • To escape either the heat or the cold. The museum's temperature-controlled galleries are perfect year-round. 

How much does it cost?

  • General $10.50
  • Senior (65 or older)/Military $8.50
  • Youth (ages 4-17) $7
  • Children 3 and under FREE

What is the cost of membership? Is it worthwhile?

There are six different membership levels: Individual ($40/year), Couple ($50/year), Family ($70/year), Cornerstone ($250/year), Hearthstone ($500/year), and Keystone ($1000/year).

Each membership level includes unlimited annual admission. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts an average of six temporary exhibits annually– so there is always something new to see. Each membership level also includes a number of free guest passes, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events.

Your membership to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is tax deductible and supports the museum as a nonprofit organization in its mission to promote the art of miniatures.

What should I bring with me?

Your imagination.

How many bathrooms are available?

Men's and women's restrooms are available (with changing stations in each).

DINING

Is outside food allowed? 

Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the museum and cannot be checked at the front desk. Please also note that chewing gum is not permitted.

What dining venues are available on-site?

None.

What restaurants are located NEAR the museum?

There are plenty of dining options in the area! Try one of the below options, which are within a 4-mile radius of the museum:

  • Vero Amore, 2920 N. Swan Rd (0.6 miles away) - wood fired pizza, Italian cuisine
  • First Watch, 4775 E. Grant Rd (1.5 miles away) - breakfast, lunch, brunch
  • The Quesadillas, 2418 N. Craycroft (2.4 miles away) - fresh tortillas, authentic Mexican cooking
  • Noodleholics, 3502 E. Grant Rd (2.5 miles away) - Chinese, closed on Mondays
  • Jimmy's Pizzeria, 5605 E. River Rd (3.0 miles away) - New York pizza + pasta, lunch specials
  • Caffe Torino, 5605 E. River Rd (3.0 miles away) - Italian, outdoor dining, happy hour
  • Zinburger, 1865 E. River Rd (4.0 miles away) - burgers, fries, milkshakes

BABIES & KIDS

Should I bring a stroller?

The museum is not very large so a baby carrier would probably be a better pick, but strollers are permitted if that is your preference. Note that even small legs will have absolutely no trouble walking the entire museum.

Is there a designated area for nursing moms?

There is not a designated area for nursing moms. However, there are benches throughout the galleries.

Are changing tables available?

Yes – in the restrooms.

What ages would be best suited for a museum visit?

Although all ages are welcome, elementary and middle school children will especially enjoy looking for the Museum’s resident fairy, Caitlin, in the “Find Fairy Caitlin Scavenger Hunt.” You can also check out steps tools at the front desk. Children are expected to follow museum manners. 

EVENTS

Can I have my child's birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at The Mini Time Machine?

Yes. Event packages are available, depending on the type of event - children's birthday parties start at $250, business meetings range from $120-$250, and wedding receptions start at $700.

MISCELLANY

Is The Mini Time Machine active on social media?

Yes! You can follow The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

You can also sign up to receive the museum’s enewsletter.

What else do I need to know before I go to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures?

That just about covers it. Have a great time!

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