Both the museum and parking lot are wheel chair accessible. Two wheelchairs are also available by reservation. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures strives to provide accessibility for all. Below are some of the programs and resources we offer.
Touch Packs are lightweight backpacks filled with tactile resources and tools to enhance the gallery experience of those with visual impairments or other disabilities. There is no charge to borrow a Touch Pack.
Verbally Descriptive Audio Tour
The Mini Time Machine is pleased to offer a verbally descriptive Highlights Tour for the Visually Impaired. This audio tour provides a verbally rich description of 10 artifacts from the museum’s collection. A pdf transcript of each track is available on the audio tours site. The tour can be accessed via a visitor’s own smartphone or tablet. Instructions for accessing the tour are available at the front desk. Please bring headphones to use with the tour, or check out a pair from us.
Touch Tours for People with Visual Impairments & Other Disabilities
The Mini Time Machine Museum offers Touch Tours to both children and adults with visual impairments or other disabilities. Touch Tours begin with a docent-led verbally descriptive gallery tour of museum highlights and end with a hands-on tactile experience incorporating miniatures representative of different time periods and cultures. Touch Tour length can be designed around participant needs.
Touch Tours for Adults
To book an adult group Touch Tour, the museum requires a minimum of a two week notice. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 15 participants at this time. The cost is $5 per participant; aides are free of charge. The museum also offers a standing Touch Tour the first Wednesday of every month at 11am with at least 24 hours advance registration.
To book a Touch Tour for adults or register for the standing tour the first Wednesday of the month, please call 520-881-0606
Touch Tours for Students in Grades K – 12
Miniatures can provide tactile resources which are able to enhance K – 12 curriculums. Our Touch Tour programming helps present such concepts as mathematical scale and the spatial-relationship between two and three dimensions, as well as introducing diverse, multicultural objects from around the world.
Touch Tours for school groups incorporate a variety of activity tables designed to be accessed by small groups of up to 5 students at one time. Tours can be adapted to different age groups and ability levels through the addition or elimination of tables, or by altering the presented information at each table to be ability appropriate. Touch Tours last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. Currently, we can accommodate groups of up to 15 children. The cost is $3 per student; aides are free of charge.
To book a Touch Tour for students in grades K – 12, please call 520-881-0606
How can you help support Touch Tour programming at our museum?
- Donate your new or gently used miniature objects. We are currently seeking home furnishings of any era as well as unique or unusual miniatures (those that represent different cultures., unique one-of-a-kinds, high quality reproductions, etc.) Can be any scale.
- In-kind donations. Raffle items or gift certificates for goods or services can be used in Touch Tour fundraising efforts.
- Make a monetary donation. Any amount helps! Money donated to Touch Tour programming will be used to purchase craft supplies, tactile aids or help fund the development of a Self-Guided Descriptive Audio Tour pilot program.
Please use our Touch Tour Donation Form to make a donation towards our efforts.
Would you like to learn more about donating to our Touch Tour programming?
Contact Emily Wolverton at 520-881-0606 or by email