Field trips at the museum of miniatures

A school field trip to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is an experience that ignites the imagination and inspires a desire to explore mathematical concepts, leap into literature and art, investigate history, and explore life in another time or culture.

Museum visits enable students to improve their critical thinking skills, develop historical empathy, and show increased tolerance. Sometimes a school field trip is the only opportunity a child has to visit a museum accessing our cultural heritage and reaping these benefits. School tours at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures are developed to support Arizona Common Core standards in Math, English, Language Arts and Social Studies. Temporary exhibitions also provide an opportunity to explore these standards in new ways each year.

School Tour Admission

School Tour admission is $3 per student.

Teachers and required chaperones are admitted free. Additional adults (unless required by your situation) are $6.

All school tours require 4 weeks advance booking.

Important Field Trip Information

School Tour Options

Docent–Guided Tours are provided by knowledgeable docents trained to engage students in a broad spectrum of school curriculum as they guide the students through the big world of miniatures. Tours are aligned with Arizona Department of Education standards.

Self-Guided Tour groups are not led by museum docents or staff. Please note: self-guided tour groups still require advance booking.

School Tour Policies
  • Required chaperone to student ratio is 1:15 for grades pre-k—12.
  • All tours require 4 weeks advance notice to be booked.  
  • School Tours can be scheduled Tuesdays–Fridays between 9:30am and 2:30pm, with most tours being scheduled at 10:00am, 11:30am, or 1:30pm. Unfortunately, we are not able to book tours for Mondays, holidays, or during museum events, so some dates may not be available. 
  • Groups larger than 60 may need to be staggered or divided into smaller groups, spread over multiple dates. 
  • Tours are booked on a first-come first-served basis, and dates from March to May often fill quickly. When scheduling, please provide a prioritized list of 3 possible dates to allow for scheduling flexibility. 
  • Please notify us as soon as possible of a cancellation or reservation changes. 
  • Chaperones are responsible for behavior of students in their group and must stay with their assigned students at all times.
Admission and Transportation Grants

Unfortunately, educational field trips are being cut from many school programs due to budget constraints and rigorous testing standards. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures has raised funds to provide grants for admission and transportation costs for schools and family service organizations through our program Sizing Up My World.

Sizing Up My World Program Guidelines:

  • Currently, any school or family service organization in the Tucson metro area is eligible for this transportation and admission funding support. Schools do not need to meet any Title 1, Federal Free and Reduced Lunch or other economic need requirements.
  • Awards will be made at the discretion of TMTM’s grants review staff until funds are depleted.
  • Applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to your planned visit.
  • Groups may apply for admission grants or admission and transportation grants.
  • The museum will provide up to $200 toward qualifying transportation costs for a single museum visit (See Qualifying Transportation). We encourage teachers to collaborate on SUMW Mini Grant applications.
  • Each school or service organization may receive up to $600 per calendar year. We encourage you to inform your colleagues about the availability of funds so that the greatest number of students at your school have the opportunity to visit the museum.
  • Schools may apply annually; having received an award in a previous year does not make a school ineligible.
  • The Museum can accommodate a maximum of 60 students per one-hour tour. For groups larger than 60, back-to-back tours can be scheduled.
  • All transportation arrangements must be made by the school or service organization.
  • Awardees must complete a post-visit survey as well as submit impact letters and transportation invoice/reimbursement forms within two weeks of completing the tour.
  • Your visit will be scheduled at the time of notification of the award.

Apply for a Sizing Up My World Grant >>

Questions?

Please contact our Education Director, Mackenzie Massman, at (520) 881-0606 ext. 113 or by email at mackenziem@theminitimemachine.org.

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