EDUCATORS: We are here to help! In-person school tours (field trips) and classroom presentations are available with advance scheduling and our staff can also provide virtual options for your classes. Please contact our Education Director, Mackenzie Massman, by email for information on programs to fit your needs.
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 $7.
All school tours require 4 weeks advance booking.
Important Field Trip Information
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.
Walter Douglas Elementary School
– Mrs. Brewer, 1st Grade Teacher
"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."