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.

Impact Statements

"This letter is to tell you how much impact the museum visit was to our kindergarten class. My kindergarten classes enjoyed coming and learning about the Miniature Museum. We went to the museum and had a docent led tour. All of the docents were terrific in guiding these young children through the museum and keeping their interest. The parents and families had a terrific time, and many came to the museum for the first time on this trip. Our school is a title 1 school, with many students that cannot afford to go to museums. We are very appreciative of the grant for the bus, and also complimentary admission for the students and chaperones."

Peter Howell School

– Mrs. Nina Jolly and Mrs. Chris Diaz

"Our children were truly mesmerized by the many wonderful creations in your collection. Our current unit of study is called “Loose Parts.” During this unit we are exploring ways to create and build things using tools and different techniques. This unit involves a lot of critical and creative thinking and exposes the children to basic STEAM concepts. The children have built forts, machines, houses and they have created pieces of art using different materials.They were captivated by seeing the different kinds of houses, some of which were from different eras, countries and some were just make believe. The students came to the realization that people can recreate anything, with the right materials, time and lots of practice. It certainly encouraged the children to keep practicing and trying out new techniques. They were definitely less likely to say that something could not be done and wanted to explore their own talents more. Thank you again, for giving us the opportunity to explore your museum and learn that humans are capable of creating some really amazing things with a little fantasy, lots of practice and know how. We are looking forward to more field trips to your establishment in the future."

International School of Tucson

– Mr. Drame, Sra. Brambila, Frau Meyer

"For many of our students this trip meant gaining a fine arts experience that some may not get a chance to enjoy until they are up and out of their current homes and living conditions. Many of the displays taught our children about different places all around the world! This opened their eyes to the beauty of the world that is outside their tiny world. The visit sparked some wonderful and adorable conversations, as well as enabled the children to practice using their imaginations. We are appreciative and thankful for time well spent at the Mini Time Machine Museum."

Walter Douglas Elementary School

– Mrs. Brewer, 1st Grade Teacher