ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER
Preserving and Advancing the Art of Miniatures
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures’ collection of miniatures includes over 500 antique and contemporary dollhouses and room-boxes, while special exhibitions highlight the breadth and diversity of the art of miniatures.
The Mini Time Machine was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. Pat’s fondness for miniatures began in the 1930’s, when as a young girl she received her first miniatures—a set of Strombecker wooden dollhouse furniture.
It wasn’t until the Arnells moved to Tucson in 1979 that Pat began collecting in earnest. The Arnell’s became very active in the miniature community becoming recognized members and supporters of important organizations such as NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans).
The collection grew, and the Arnells dreamed of a way to share it with more people. They envisioned an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of the collection could be enjoyed by everyone—a place that would be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.
The concept of “the mini time machine” was born out of the notion that a visitor would be seemingly transported to different eras by the stories and history of the pieces in the collection.
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a 501(c)(3) board-only nonprofit organization, classified as a private foundation with a long term goal of achieving public charity status. All proceeds from every sale, including admission, membership and merchandise go towards funding the museum’s operations.
The museum is dedicated to all who participate in the world of miniatures.
Hours & Location
Tuesday–Sunday from 9am–4pm
The museum will be closed on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. They will close at 12pm New Year’s Eve and be closed on New Year’s Day.
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ 85712
Admission & Tickets
Senior (65+) $9.50
Youth (ages 4–17) $8.00
Child (ages 3 and under) Free
Purchase your admission tickets online for streamlined check-in and to save $1 per ticket!
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