Celebrating our 10th Year

On September 1, 2019, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with free admission and a great line-up of activities from community partners and performers!

When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 9am–4pm

Where: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Why: To celebrate our 10th year of sharing the magic and wonder of miniatures

Cost: Admission is free on our 10th anniversary

Schedule of Events


Family Craft Activities in the Caitlin Suite with: Arizona History Museum, Children's Museum Tucson/Oro Valley, The Drawing Studio, Postal History Foundation, Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, and Valley of the Moon.


Fairy Caitlin's Story with More to the Story Entertainment in the Enchanted Realm. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom Mad Hatter hat.


More to the Story Entertainment will tell the stories The Dragons of the Dragon Tower and Dragons Love Tacos with the help of their dragon friends Rheagal, Francesca, and Rico in the Enchanted Realm. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom Mad Hatter hat.


Join Mr. Nature for an acoustic performance in the Enchanted Realm.














Throughout the day, mini cupcakes will be distributed on the hour in the Caitlin Suite (while supplies last), and our Art Carts will be available in the galleries.

Please be aware that our parking lot can be full on free days. Please plan accordingly and use caution.

In anticipation of our 10th anniversary, the museum will be closed from August 17, 2019 through August 31, 2019 for a refresh of our gallery spaces, installation of new exhibits, and a new interactive space!

What's New

When we reopen, visitors can expect to see modifications in the galleries to better showcase the collection. Revised audio tour content with additional stops will unlock new content about select artifacts.

Acquisitions from the popular spring 2018 exhibit, On Point: Sculptures on the Tips of Lead Pencils, will be installed for permanent display alongside a video demonstrating the amazing talent it takes to create these awe-inspiring microminiatures.

A Girl on the Tip of the Pencil, Salavat Fidai, 2017. A new acquisition that will be on display beginning September 1, 2019.

Additionally, there will be a newly renovated exhibit area illustrating how miniaturists rely on STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to precisely construct buildings and everyday objects at a fraction of their life-size counterparts. Visitors will be able to study meticulously detailed miniatures in relation to life-size and super-sized objects. Have fun while getting hands-on practice measuring, estimating, and using ratios for scale conversions using a ruler, pencil, tweezers, magnifying glass, and glue, portrayed in three scales: life-size, twelve-times life-size, and one-twelfth life-size (1:12 miniature scale)!

Preliminary concept for the interactive scale space exploring STEAM principles used by miniaturists. Opening September 1, 2019.

It has been an amazing first decade. We appreciate all of our members, supporters, patrons, and partners who have helped make The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures what it is today. Since opening, over 400,000 people have participated in a museum program. They’ve made memories around visits with family or their school, birthday parties, summer camps, Wee Winter Wonderland, and more. Thousands have become museum members– and more than 100 of our current members have been with us since our first year!

In the coming year, we are happy to present favorite programs like HalloWEEn, Wee Winter Wonderland, May Day, Summer Camp, and Tinker Workshops. And we are excited bring eight new exhibits to the museum, including new Community Corner exhibits such as Mario Patino’s Ravished Landscapes and Rundown Interiors and featured exhibits such as Global Miniatures from the Fleming Museum of Art and Atomic Miniatures: Michael Yurkovic’s Modern Musings.

From the Community Corner exhibit, Mario Patino's Ravished Landscapes and Rundown Interiors, open September 10, 2019 – December 15, 2019.

None of this could have been without the imagination, dedication, and generosity of our founders Patricia and Walter Arnell, who dedicated this museum to all who participate in the world of miniatures through education, creation, or enjoyment. Won’t you show your support with a small gift?

If you believe in the magic and wonder of miniatures to captivate all ages…

If you believe in the creativity and imagination they kindle…

If you believe in the storytelling they inspire…

If you believe in the talent and precision that mastery requires…

Then please consider joining our 10 for 10 campaign, by making a $10 donation towards our next 10 years of sharing this incredible art form.

“Great things are done by a series of small things put together.” –Vincent Van Gogh


Thank You

We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support:

Cook & Company Sign Makers, David Fischer Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, The Desert Leaf, Madden Media, More to the Story Entertainment, Mr. Nature's Music Garden, Reproductions, Robert R. Rice, Roy Wageman, Viola Watson, and Earle Wheatley.