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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson

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The world becomes smaller as you explore The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. View a collection of over 400 miniature houses and room boxes, divided up into categories. An adventure through the Enchanted Realm leads you to woodland creatures, dragons, snow villages, and fairy castles. Take a trip to the History Gallery, where you can find antiques including one of the oldest miniature houses in the United States from 1775. Finish up at the Exploring the World gallery, where you'll see miniatures from other cultures like France, Germany, and Japan. The museum offers "touch tours" for visually impaired guests. Please note that flash photography is prohibited. See The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and all Tucson has to offer by arranging your trip with our Tucson trip itinerary maker site.
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  • Enjoy being being transported into the miniature world and marvel at the craftsmanship, ingenuity, style and beauty of the creations both fact and magical. It is a charming museum and the volunteer... 
    Enjoy being being transported into the miniature world and marvel at the craftsmanship, ingenuity, style and beauty of the creations both fact and magical. It is a charming museum and the volunteer...  more »
  • Lots of fun for an hour or two. Similar (but smaller) than Santa Fe’s folk art museum. There were a lot of great Halloween-y displays when we were there 
    Lots of fun for an hour or two. Similar (but smaller) than Santa Fe’s folk art museum. There were a lot of great Halloween-y displays when we were there  more »
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  • Quaint and fun museum for all ages. We loved exploring the miniature world of everything, with both kids and alike being drawn to the world in a small scale. This location is very child friendly, with ample exhibits set on the eye level of the younger visitors. This does not, however, mean that the museum quality would have been compromised, it is truly a high standard introduction to the amazing world of miniatures. A shout-out to super friendly staff that seemed to fit to the location perfectly. It seems also that these good folks organize a variety of events that are worth of checking out. Oh, and finally, it should be noted that they have a great souvenir shop, too.
  • If you are looking for something different in Tucson, this is the place to be. Every piece in the exhibit is very well put together and detailed. Though there is a brief description of certain displays, not a lot of story is told. However a lot of representation throughout certain points of our past is displayed whether it is factual or based on fiction. My favorite spot to look at was the Winter Wonderland and Halloween town, but the other parts of the museum did not disappoint. Not sure how often they change the displays but it is always fascinating to look through. A lot of effort has been put into putting things behind the glass and it shows. The gift shop wasn't all that great, nothing there that screams "I was here" most of the trinkets were gag gifts of miniature things like smallest board game (which fits the theme) however even those things were limited. If you just walk through the exhibit, it might take you only 30 minutes, however there is so much detail to look through and appreciate, it took me a solid 2 hours. I suggest you take your time and if you want something extra to do, they have a list of things to look for like a scavenger hunt. Well worth the price of admission. Overall a great experience

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