The Mini Time Machine Museum is a museum of miniatures in Tucson. It’s organized into three main galleries: The Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World Gallery. You will find miniature dollhouses, room boxes, and other collectibles in each gallery. Old and young alike are fascinated by exploring all the details in the numerous miniature displays. The Enchanted Realm is a magical place that houses all things imaginary. You’ll find historical miniatures in the History Gallery. Various cultures (Europen, American, and Asian) are represented in the World Gallery. Here are a few things to know when visiting the Mini Time Machine Museum.
Flashlights & Stepstools
You can check out flashlights and step stools from the front desk. Flashlights can help you see the miniatures in exhibits that don’t have power. Step stools are for little ones that may be too short to look into the exhibits. Some exhibits are easily accessible to children.
Docent-led tours are offered at 1pm each day. Alternatively, You can download audio guides on your phone, bring headphones or check out a pair from the front desk.
Hands On Time
Art Carts allow for some hands-on interaction with miniatures and miniature artisan tools. Art Carts are generally available Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12:30-2:30pm.
Find Fairy Caitlin
Find Fairy Caitlin is a scavenger hunt for kids, ask for the Find Fairy Caitlin guide at the front desk. My boys loved having a purpose when looking through the different displays and galleries.
Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for kids (4-17). Adults get in for the kids price of $6 on Thursdays. Military members and their families receive free admission from Memorial Day thru Labor Day via the Blue Star Museum Program.
Kids Create, a family fun program is offered every 2nd Saturday from 1-4pm and is free with admission. Kids learn about and create miniatures.
The Mini Time Machine Museum offers summer camp, from week long options to drop in afternoons. Check their website for full details.
Check out this video to learn more about miniatures and the Mini Time Machine Museum