To ensure a meaningful and enjoyable experience for all of our visitors, we ask that you review the following policies before your visit.
- Flash photography is not permitted in the museum. Please turn your camera flash off when taking pictures in the museum. Members of the media may request a press pass at the front desk to take flash photography.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the museum and cannot be checked at the front desk. Neither chewing gum nor smoking are permitted in the museum.
- Please turn your cell phone ringer to silence or vibrate and limit the use of your cell phone to the lobby or outdoor areas.
- Please do not run, jump, shout or use disruptive behavior in the museum.
- Protect the miniatures and refrain from touching the glass or leaning on exhibits.
- Visit Fairy Caitlin at her home in the tree in the Enchanted Realm, but please do not climb on the tree.
- Large bags, packages, backpacks and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.
- Stollers are welcome. Please be considerate when using strollers in a crowded area.
- No animals or pets, besides service animals, are permitted in the museum.
- When writing or sketching in the galleries, please use lead pencils only. Please use a clipboard or notebook and not the walls or cases when writing or sketching.
- Please be aware that five minutes before closing time, the museum staff begins to clear the galleries. Please follow their instructions.
- Firearms are not permitted in the museum.
Check our our short video where our role model visitor shows her rowdy companion museum manners that protect the collection and ensure everyone has an enjoyable visit.
A variety of resources are available to help you explore the museum.
- Flashlights can help you to see into some of the miniatures that are not electrified, particularly in the history gallery. They are available for check out with a photo ID at the front desk.
- Step Stools are available so little ones can better see into the miniatures. They are available for check out with a photo ID ta the front desk.
- Gallery Guides are available in the lobby to help visitors explore on their own. There are several themed guides. Children especially enjoy the Find Fairy Caitlin scavenger hunt.
- Audio Guides are available directly on your own smartphone or tablet. Use your own portable device to unlock special content related to artifacts in the collection by following the instructions in our Visitors Guide or labels. Headphones are required with audio tours. Bring your own or check out a pair from us at the front desk with photo ID.
- Large Print Gallery Guides, Braille Maps and Touch Packs are available at the front desk. Learn more about these and other accessibility resources here.
- Docent-led Tours are offered daily at 1pm. These 45 minute highlight tours do not require a reservation. Group tours and group tour rates are available for groups of 8 or more people with advance booking. Learn more about booking a group tour here.
- The Magic Theater Introductory Video is a great way to begin your visit. This 8 minute self-activated video introduces important concepts in miniatures with neat special effects. It is located in the Little Magic Theater just off the lobby.
- Story Panels & Labels are placed throughout the galleries to provide more information about artifacts in the collection.
- Video Documentaries are located throughout the galleries. These self-activated video monitors provide more information about important concepts.
- Art Carts are a hands-on resource designed to let you play with and learn about miniatures. Our Art Carts are available most days from 12:30pm-2:30pm, subject to docent availability. Learn more about Art Carts here.
We also offer a variety of other resources to help you learn about and even create your own miniatures. Learn about miniatures in our collection through our series of articles called Minis Magnified. Learn how to create your own miniatures from simple supplies in our How To series. Sign up for our E-News to receive a monthly email with these resources and information about upcoming events or visit our Videos page to learn more about some of the miniatures in our collection.
Take a Virtual Tour
The Mini Time Machine Museum Store has a wide variety of offerings including fine-scale and artisan miniatures, work by local artists, books, toys, souvenirs and more. Museum Members receive a 10% discount on all museum store purchases. All proceeds from the Museum Store support museum operations.
From I-10 Eastbound
Take the Miracle Mile exit (255), turn left (east) on Miracle Mile and travel approximately 1 mile to Oracle Road. Go left on Oracle Rd approximately ¼ of a mile to Fort Lowell Road. Turn right (east) onto Fort Lowell Road and continue east approximately 3 ½ miles at which point Fort Lowell Road will become Camp Lowell Drive. The Mini Time Machine Museum is on the north side of Camp Lowell Drive approximately a 1/4 mile past Columbus Boulevard.
From I-10 Westbound
Take the Miracle Mile exit (255), turn right (east) on Miracle Mile to Oracle Road approximately 1 miles. Go left on Oracle Rd approximately ¼ of a mile to Fort Lowell Road. Turn right (east) onto Fort Lowell Road and continue east approximately 3 ½ miles at which point Fort Lowell Road will become Camp Lowell Drive. The Mini Time Machine Museum is on the north side of Camp Lowell Drive approximately a 1/4 mile past Columbus Boulevard.
From I-19/South Tucson
Travel north on I-19 and merge onto I-10. Take the Miracle Mile exit (255), turn right (east) on Miracle Mile to Oracle Road approximately 1 miles. Go left on Oracle Rd approximately ¼ of a mile to Fort Lowell Road. Turn right (east) onto Fort Lowell Road and continue east approximately 3 ½ miles at which point Fort Lowell Road will become Camp Lowell Drive. The Mini Time Machine Museum is on the north side of Camp Lowell Drive approximately a 1/4 mile past Columbus Boulevard.
Tucson is a wonderful city with friendly people and beautiful weather offering a wealth of culture, heritage, outdoor adventure, family fun and art! If you are unfamiliar with the area, a great place to get ideas is the Visitor’s Center in downtown Tucson. Or visit their website at www.visittucson.org. Another great resource is the Southern Arizona Guide website where you will find information and videos about the best dining, shopping, and things to do in Southern Arizona. Ask your concierge about things to do or look for a copy of Tucson Guide in your hotel room. Whether you are looking for an outing in our unique desert setting, something to do with the kids or just want to pamper yourself- Tucson has something for you!
Where to Eat
Tucson has a fabulous and diverse culinary scene. We are fortunate to have several great restaurants as our friendly neighbors. In the shopping center to the west of the Museum is a Subway, La Hacienda, Tucson Coffee Roasters, Nicos and a McDonalds. Across the street to the south is Relish. Visit Tucson’s website has some great information about dining in Tucson.
Where to Stay
There are lodging accomodations to meet every need and every budget in Tucson. The following is a short list of hotels and resorts in close proximity to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Nearby lodging includes; the Arizona Inn, Embassy Suites Tucson- Paloma Village, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Lodge on the Desert, Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suite, The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa or visit Tucson Vacation Rentals.
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