Minis Magnified Tree Fort by Nathan Morsbach

Tree Fort, Nathan Morsbach, 2009–2012, painted cardboard with commercial figures

Working with cardboard, hot glue, and his imagination, Nathan Morsbach began making battle scenes around the age of seven. As he grew his work became more sophisticated yet he remains true to cardboard, his original material. Nathan draws the subjects for his work from his passion for Star Wars. As a small child, he was fascinated by these films, which opened the door to the world of science fiction. Central to his work is a desire to capture the action of the battle in order to captivate the audience and bring them into the scene.  Tree Fort depicts an Ewok Tree house from the 1983 film Star Wars Return of the Jedi.

Morsbach donated Tree Fort to the museum following its inclusion in the 2013 exhibit Small Scale Skirmishes: Battles from Imagination and Reality.


The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a 2017 Blue Star Museum

We are a Blue Star Museum

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

Tucson, Ariz—May 22, 2017– The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and more than 2,000 museums across America are offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day* as participants in Blue Star Museums.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. Other participating museums in Southern Arizona include; Arizona History Museum, Arizona State Museum, Downtown History Museum, Fort Lowell Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Presidio San Augustine del Tucson Museum, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Desert Art Museum and Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. A complete list of participating museums is available at

*The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 and Monday, September 4, 2017.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military include the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.



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Minis Magnified Log Cabin

Log Cabin,  Thomas and Catherine Latané, 1987, Donated by Debbie Young in 2017

[caption id="attachment_11246" align="alignnone" width="750"]Log Cabin back Log Cabin, Thomas and Catherine Latané, 1987, rear view, from the collection of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures[/caption]

This miniature is a rendition of the log cabin home of children’s book author Laura Ingalls Wilder. From 1932-43, Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House on the Prairie series based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family. Miniaturists Tom and Catherine “Kitty” Latané made this replica of the real-world log cabin which stands at the original site of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthplace in Pepin, WI. The real-world cabin was built in the late 20th century to replicate the actual cabin where Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and which she described in her book The Little House in the Big Woods.

[caption id="attachment_11247" align="alignnone" width="750"]Log Cabin hearth Log Cabin, Thomas and Catherine Latané, 1987, interior view hearth, from the collection of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures[/caption]

Miniature collectors Mr. and Mrs. John Kocmond, who purchased the house from the Latanés, filled it with furnishings by recognized miniature artisans including Charles Claudon and Cindy Maloy, among others.