10th anniversary celebration

Free Admission on September 1, 2019

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!

Throughout the day, we will have mini cupcakes 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.

Schedule of Events

Time What's Happening
10am–4pmFamily 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.
10:30am–11amFairy 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.
11am–2pmBalloon animals with James Barley
1pm–1:30pmMore 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.
2:30pm–3pmJoin Mr. Nature for an acoustic performance in the Enchanted Realm.

What's New

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will close between August 17 and August 31, 2019 to make improvements. When we reopen on September 1st, visitors can expect to see modifications in the galleries to better showcase the collection, new artifacts on display, and a re-imagined space exploring scale.

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.

Additionally, there will be a newly renovated exhibit area exploring scale and 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)!

Girl on the Tip of a Pencil
Girl on the Tip of a Pencil by Salavat Fidai
concept sketch for exploring scale
Concept sketch for new exploratory space

Do You Believe?

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!

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:

Arizona History Museum, James Barley, Children's Museum Tucson/Oro Valley, Cook & Company Sign Makers, David Fischer, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, The Desert Leaf, The Drawing Studio, Madden Media, More to the Story Entertainment, Mr. Nature's Music Garden, Reproductions, Postal History Foundation, Robert R. Rice, Sergio Salazar Painting, Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Valley of the Moon, Roy Wageman, Viola Watson, and Earle Wheatley with Imaginative Materials.