Acquisitions Fund

As one of only a few museums in the world dedicated to miniatures, we take our mission to preserve and advance the art of miniatures very seriously. In everything we do we strive to surpass your expectations and deliver a museum experience that will surprise and delight you. Your smile at the wonder of the tiny artifacts in our care, gives meaning to our work. As a result, providing a diverse and quality collection, along with the impeccable care of our artifacts and the facility, has earned us a reputation as a reputable home for fine, unique, and rare miniatures.

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Subsequently, the museum has been the fortunate recipient of a variety of miniature collections that have allowed us to deepen the breadth of the collection for your enjoyment. Nevertheless, we have had to turn down several offers that would have made beautiful and meaningful additions– simply because we could not afford to acquire them or care for them properly, were we to become their custodians. This has underscored the dire need to develop an acquisitions fund.

Past acquisitions

New acquisitions like these provide guests with various interests a more meaningful experience with miniatures.

A robust and diverse collection means more for you to see; more miniatures that bring the past to life, spark imagination, prompt reminiscing, encourage stories, and inspire awe. Because, after all, this museum is for YOU, your children, your family, your friends and neighbors. It is also for future generations. With new acquisitions to share, we can rotate permanent collection exhibits and give artifacts a needed rest in storage to limit their exposure to light and preserve their beauty for posterity. Your donation will help us bring new and exciting miniatures like these to Tucson for everyone to enjoy!

Recent acquisitions

(Left) Tutankhamun, George Stuart, acquired 2017; One of history’s most notable rulers, sculpted in one-quarter-life-size, reveals the peculiarities of the famed Egyptian Emperor to audiences. (Middle) Turn-of-the Century American Automated House, artist unknown, acquired 2017; This fascinating vernacular automaton melds art and science for a sophisticated and playful animated scene of everyday life in rural America at the turn-of-the-century. (Right) Wind in the Willows Carriage, Brian Long, acquired 2011; A typical English gypsy caravan reimagined as the wagon of Wind in the Willows’ characters Frog and Toad inspires interest in classical fairytales and nurtures the imagination.

Your donation to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Acquisition Fund will be used solely for collection additions and conservation– so that you and your family will be able to enjoy these little worlds for years to come.

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