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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

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Address: 4455 E Camp Lowell Dr, Tucson, AZ 85712-1329
Phone Number: +1 520-881-0606
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover the magical world of miniatures at The Mini Time Machine Museum of...

Discover the magical world of miniatures at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, where visitors are seemingly transported to different lands and times through the stories told by over 300 miniature houses and roomboxes, expertly displayed in over 10,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space. The Museum’s permanent collection boasts antique dollhouses dating to 1742, contemporary fine-scale miniatures and enchanting collectibles. Frequent temporary exhibits, special programs and events mean there is always something new to see. The Chicago Tribune has claimed; “The magic of this place cannot be overstated.” For a truly memorable experience, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collection in a world-class setting.

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Amazing detail in all of the work.

You will never see all there is to see in one visit so plan on multiple visits or several hours . It never ceases to amaze me when I'm looking at the work that has gone into the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2015
Jackie B
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Tucson
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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

You will never see all there is to see in one visit so plan on multiple visits or several hours . It never ceases to amaze me when I'm looking at the work that has gone into the pieces and the dioramas. My special favorites are the seed dolls. The faces are seeds so you know how small they are.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

MTM is beautiful! It's enchanting and intriguing. Small displays (typically houses) fill this museum. Many are a snapshot of a moment or a step back in time. It's hard to describe the feeling you have, but it's almost like taking a peek into another world. Whenever I go the children always seem to enjoy it, and the adults (either with... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit with children. Fantastic recreations of places from around the world and throughout history. Special holiday exhibit on now.

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1 Thank Jim S
Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Plan on spending a lot of time because there is just so much to see. Don't rush or you will miss a lot.

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1 Thank Marilyn E
Irvine, California USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is a well arranged, quality display that was better and more extensive than I expected. If you are not interested in miniatures and doll houses you might not find this particularly interesting. If you are though, it is a "must see". There is the added benefit that it is indoors and air conditioned in very nice facility.

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Tucson, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

One of Tucson's most unique attractions is the Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. This amazing collection of 275 miniature "doll" houses is primarily the private collection of 1 woman -- Patricia Arnell -- who started collecting in the 1930s. Her collection is now on display for the public to enjoy. The displays show how... More 

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Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

This is a fascinating place to spend a couple of hours. The kids should be a little older or they might get bored, but my 7 year old son loved it. Many of the pieces have interesting histories - especially the haunted ones. It isn't too expensive and is worth the price.

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1 Thank Jason M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

My son and I enjoyed the visit. It is a small museum and happens to be free today Sep 1, 2015. This is my second visit. If visiting Tucson I wouldn't say it's a must see unless you're into tiny trinket items. But when it's hot and you have small kids it is something neat to see.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

This is one of my daughter's favorite things to do in Tucson. We started going when she was 7 and she still loves it at 11. The museum has a fairy which is hiding in various displays. Stop at the front desk for information on finding the fairy and earning a small reward. Darling gift shop with fairy related items.

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Thank wendy r
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

I loved this museum. I could spend hours and hours looking at all the details. I can't imagine the hours that went into each of the miniatures. It was a great find that was an unplanned part of the trip.

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