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 300 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.” Check the website for special programs like Tiny Tales for Tots or Kids Create- which are included with museum admission.
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 Museum of Miniatures located?
In North-Central Tucson. The address is: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson.
When did The Mini Time Machine Museum originally open?
Designed by Swaim Associates Architects, the museum originally opened on September 1, 2009.
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 300 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.
How much does it cost?
- General $9
- 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), and Family ($60/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. Four guest passes (value of $36) are included with each membership.
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?
A family bathroom is located off the galleries.
Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?
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 5-mile radius are:
- 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
- Harvest Restaurant, 5605 E. River Rd (3.0 miles away) – local, lunch, dinner, brunch, kids menu
- 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. More about that and other helpful pre-visit resources can be found on the Visit Us page.
Can I have my child’s birthday party, wedding reception, or corporate meeting at The Mini Time Machine?
Is The Mini Time Machine active on social media?
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!