The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures – Tucson, AZ

There are over 275 miniature houses and room boxes as well as other collectibles in the permanent collection. The artifacts are divided into three main areas: the Enchanted Realm, the History Gallery, and Exploring the World. Each area displays its own unique items specific to that area. On occasion, there will be a featured exhibit that will be on display for a limited time. Note: you may want to visit their website (by clicking the museum name above).  The cursor is awesome.

From the moment visitors enter the parking lot of the museum, a mystical journey into the nether world begins. The entry door to the museum’s foyer and the lobby is built in such a way that one feels very much as though they are entering the world of Alice in Wonderland through the large door. As you enter the lobby, watch out of the corners of your eyes or you might miss the spritely flight of Caitlin, the museum’s resident fairy, complete with her own miniature world next to the foyer.

The entrance to the rooms is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The ceiling of the rotunda/hallway sparkles and twinkles with stars, as the ceiling, rotates according to the earth’s revolution. Were this the only room in the museum, both children and adults would be entertained for hours? But thank goodness this isn’t the only room as guests continue to be spell-bound as they move onward towards the three rooms that comprise and hold the collections: Enchanted Realm, History Gallery, and Exploring the World.

Enchanted Realm

The Enchanted Realm area has miniatures that represent different fantasy-style scenes. This includes fairies, an Enchanted Tree with miniature scenes scattered in different parts of it, and witches. Those that collect their own Department 56 winter villages will enjoy the display of buildings from the North Pole series and the Snow Village buildings, which are displayed under glass on the floor. This area is the main area that kids tend to enjoy, especially those that like faeries and other mythical things.

History Gallery

The History Gallery contains antique miniatures that date from the 1700s to the mid-1900s. This area of the museum gives a look back at the history of miniatures and how they have been made over the years. It also gives historical context to various times and places of the past. This area also has some good info on the making of miniatures, especially early mechanical ones.

Exploring the World

The Exploring the World area also contains a wide date range of historical time periods (the 1400s to present), but is bigger than the History Gallery. It displays a variety of miniatures from around the world. It includes Chateaus inspired by European palaces and Asian miniatures. The best part, though, is that it includes some Southwest-inspired miniatures to add a local flair to the exhibit.

The museum hosts weekly sessions over the summer break for children aged 7-10 to learn the art of miniatures. For teachers looking for a creative and interesting way to bring history alive, the museum has special pricing and docent-led tours for school groups. Also, once a month, the museum hosts a literacy program geared toward little readers, children aged 2 to 6.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and all major holidays

General Admission $7
Senior (65 or older) Military $6
Youth (ages 4 – 17) $5
Children under 3 Free
Group rates available

Located at the north side of Camp Lowell drive just west of Swan Road.  Free parking with barrier-free access is available.

Emily Wolverton
Museum Services Coordinator
520.881.0606 ext. 100

General Number: 520-881-0606

Location: 4455 E Camp Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85712


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