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.
My Time at The Mini
My Time at The Mini on July 23, 2018 from 10am–12pm is free to pre-registered guests.
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
Additional Accessibility Information
Wheelchairs & other Mobility Devices
The Mini Time Machine Museum is accessible by all ADA defined mobility devices, including wheelchairs, scooters, and any power-driven mobility device used by a person with a mobility disability including, but not limited to, Segways. The Museum provides three designated accessible parking spaces near the Museum’s entrance. We also have a wheelchair which may be borrowed by visitors, based on availability. All public performances and engagements which offer seating arrangements include designated wheelchair seating and companion seating.
Accommodations for those with Visual Impairments
The Mini Time Machine Museum offers a number of resources to enrich the museum experience for those who have visual impairments. In addition to our Touch Packs, Touch Tours, and verbally descriptive Highlights Tour for the Visually Impaired, the following items are always available at the front desk:
- Large Print Gallery Guides
- Large Print Collection Highlights
- Large Print Temporary Exhibit Guides
- Magnifying Lenses
- Braille Gallery Map
- Braille Collection Highlights
Accommodations for those with Hearing Impairments
Due to the technical formatting of our exhibit and show programming, our videos do not have Closed Captioning at this time. The Museum is currently seeking grant opportunities to cover the cost of adapting the video formats to allow Closed Captioning. Audio Transcripts of all videos are currently underway. The Mini Time Machine Museum does not use Assistive Listening Systems (ALS). Current accommodations include:
- Adjustable Video Volume
- Large Print Audio Tour Transcripts
Service Animals Service
Animals are welcome at The Mini Time Machine Museum. Service Animals are not required to be on a leash, but must be under the handler’s control and supervision at all times. Service Animals are permitted to go in any area of the Museum which is open to the public. Museum staff can request that a Service Animal be removed from our premises if:
- The animal is out of control and the handler’s attempts to control it are unsuccessful
- The animal is not housebroken.