Tiny Works of Art Take Center Stage at Tucson’s Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
You’ll feel like a giant at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson. This museum highlights the incredible, intricate artistry of miniatures, which have been popular for hundreds of years.
The museum’s permanent collection is made up of more than 400 miniature houses and room boxes, along with other collectibles, broken into three galleries:
- The History gallery features one of the oldest miniature houses in America, constructed in 1775. You’ll also see examples of different techniques and craftsmanship here.
- The Exploring the World gallery showcases miniatures from artisans around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, Thailand and more.
- In the Enchanted Realm gallery, visitors can peruse a collection fairy castles, woodland creatures and a witches’ compound.
There are also rotating, temporary exhibits, which have included miniatures from famous artists, a railroad town, a tiny winter wonderland and more.
The museum was founded by Patricia and Walter Arnell, miniature enthusiasts who decided to place their collection on display for the educational and sensory pleasure of miniature artists and the general public alike.
If you’re eager to try your hand at making miniatures, the museum offers classes for various ages and skill levels. Learn more about classes here.
Admission to the museum costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and military personnel, $6 for children ages 4-17 and is free for children under 3. Docent tours are held daily at 1pm and do not require a reservation.