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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All proceeds from every sale, including admission, membership and merchandise go towards funding the museum’s operations and helping us pursue our mission to preserve and advance the art of miniatures.

What does the future look like?

IT’S BRIGHT - with plans for frequent temporary exhibits of miniatures that represent diverse cultures, art forms, occupations, hobbies and unusual interests.

IT’S WIDE OPEN - with free field trips, including bus transportation grants, for area schools and home schools.

IT’S MEMORABLE - with traditions like May Day and Wee Winter Wonderland becoming treasured family experiences that welcome you each season.

Most important, your donation today will help us protect and preserve the extraordinary collection of The Mini Time Machine Museum. It will provide excellent education programs for children and adults. And it will kindle the magical spark that makes each day brighter for so many museum visitors, like you.

Donations may be made in person, by phone, by mail or online using one of the designations below. If you would like to designate a donation in a different manner, please contact Executive Director, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb at 520-881-0606 Ext. 102 or by email.

Make a Donation to the General Operating Fund 

Donations made to the General Operating Fund are unrestricted and will be applied where the need is greatest.

donate to the general operating fund

Make a Donation to the Acquisitions Fund

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.. Click here to learn more about the Acquisitions Fund.

donate to the acquisitions fund

Gifts in Kind

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures accepts non-cash donations for purposes that will help fulfill our mission. Donated items may be accepted for the museum’s collection or for unrestricted use. Please refer to the guidelines below.

Donations to the Collection

Miniatures offered for the museum’s collection must be reviewed and approved by the museum’s Acquisitions Committee. Hand-crafted, fine-scale miniatures, preferably created by notable miniaturists or artisans, and antique miniatures and dollhouses in good condition may be considered.

If you feel your miniatures meet these qualifications, email photos of your pieces and a description (including miniaturists/artist’s name, dates, and provenance if applicable) to Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, Executive Director, at lisahl@theminitimemachine.org

Unrestricted Use Donations

Donations accepted for Unrestricted Use will be utilized in one of three ways:

  1. Annual Rummage Sale (proceeds benefit museum operations)
  2. Estate Sale (sale of items in our Museum Store to benefit museum operations)
  3. Program Supplies (for educational programs, outreach, classes or camps)

 

Samples of items we accept for Unrestricted Use:

  • Handcrafted or manufactured scale miniatures (1”=1’, ½”=1’, ¼”=1’, etc.) in good condition
  • Dollhouses and dollhouse accessories in good condition
  • Craft supplies in good condition
  • Books or magazines about miniatures

 

Samples of items we cannot accept:

  • Figurines and collectibles
  • Small items that are not scale miniatures (i.e. perfume bottles, salt and pepper shakers, vases, etc.)

 

All items for donation must be clean, sorted and accompanied by a completed Donation Form.

Donations are only accepted by appointment. To schedule an appointment to drop off a donation, please contact Emily Wolverton by phone at 520-881-0606 or by email.