The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures opened on September 1, 2009.
Designed by Swaim Associates Architects, the building features a giant front door of fairy tale proportions – ironic since the museum is home to 275+ miniature houses and roomboxes.
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.
Where is The Mini Time Machine located?
In North-Central Tucson.
The address is: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson.
What are the hours?
The Mini Time Machine is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm; Sundays 12:00pm-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 275 miniature houses and roomboxes.
How much does it cost?
Senior (65 or older)/Military $8
Youth (ages 4-17) $6
Children 3 and under FREE
What is the cost of membership? Is it worthwhile?
There are three different membership levels: Individual ($35/year), Couple ($45/year), Family ($60/year), and Gold ($100/year).
Your membership to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is fully 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?
How many bathrooms are available? Are they clean?
Bathrooms are located conveniently right off the main entrance and are well-maintained.
Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?
No. Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the museum and cannot be checked at the front desk. Chewing gum is not permitted.
What dining venues are available on-site?
What restaurants are located NEAR the museum?
There are plenty of dining options in the area! Our top picks within a 3-mile radius are:
- Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4774 E. Grant Road (1.1 miles away) – burritos, tacos
- Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, 4900 E. Speedway Blvd. (2.1 miles away) – pizza, salads, sandwiches, pizza cookie dessert
- Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. (2.6 miles away) – gyros, burgers, falafel
- Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery, 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road (2.8 miles away) – sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza dough for kids to play with while you wait
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?
No. The galleries do not have benches or seating areas.
Are changing tables available?
Yes – in the restrooms.
What ages would be best suited for a museum visit?
Although all ages are welcome, kids 5 and up will likely appreciate viewing the models most. Elementary and middle school children will especially enjoy looking for the Museum’s resident fairy, Caitlin, in the “Find Fairy Caitlin Scavenger Hunt.”
The museum is not particularly “hands-on” and posted rules ask that children refrain from running, touching the glass, and shouting…which might be difficult for energetic toddlers. ;)
Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at The Mini Time Machine?
Is The Mini Time Machine on Facebook and Twitter?
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You can also sign up to receive the museum’s enewsletter, filled with news about upcoming events and current happenings.
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! Feel free to leave any additional questions in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.