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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures - Attraction Guide

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Discover the magical world of miniatures at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, where visitors are seemingly 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 exhibitions highlighting the breadth and diversity of the art of miniatures mean there is always something new to see. The Chicago Tribune has claimed; “The magic of this place cannot be overstated.

From fairy castles and a life size magical tree to a fictional sea captain's 18th century mansion - there is something to capture everyone's imagination.

Educational resources, how-to’s, videos, classes, and camps allow you to continue your exploration of the BIG world of miniatures after your visit.

CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19: Visit the museum's Plan Your Visit page for the most current information.

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 is a nonprofit 501©3 founded by Patricia and Walter Arnell and sustained by donations and revenue earned from operations. The museum originally opened on September 1, 2009

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. We recommend checking the museum's website before you visit for the most current
information

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 broach topics like history, scale, or architecture.
  • 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 $11.50
  • Senior (65 or older)/Military $9.50
  • Youth (ages 4-17) $8
  • Children 3 and under FREE

Purchase your tickets online to save $1 per ticket.

The museum also participates in Museums for All, whereby admission is reduced to $1 per ticket for persons receiving SNAP or WIC benefits. Visit the museum's website for details and the most current information.

What is the cost of membership? Is it worthwhile?

The museum offers membership plans based on how many people you would most often visit with. Annual Museum Memberships offer unlimited annual admission, complimentary guest passes, 10% discount in the Museum Store and on select programs, and invitations to special events.

The museum hosts an average of six temporary exhibitions annually and there are special times of the year you’ll want to pop in like HalloWEEn and a Wee Winter Wonderland. Most membership levels pay for themselves after just a couple visits.

What should I bring with me?

Your imagination. Also, bring a camera for photo opps. The museum permits non-flash photography. Many artifacts also have audio tour stops you can access on your own wifi-enabled device (complimentary wifi provided). Bring headphones or earbuds if you’d like to enjoy the commentary.

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. Prices vary, depending on the type of event.

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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