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.
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.
The museum originally opened on September 1, 2009 and celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.
The Mini Time Machine is open Tues-Sun, 9:00am-4:00pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Parking is free and plentiful.
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.
Men's and women's restrooms are available (with changing stations in each).
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.
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:
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.
There is not a designated area for nursing moms. However, there are benches throughout the galleries.
Yes – in the restrooms.
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.
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.
You can also sign up to receive the museum’s enewsletter.
That just about covers it. Have a great time!