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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
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+1 520-881-0606
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12:00 - 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 miniatures

A great experience that allows us to appreciate the incredible skill and patience needed to create so many miniature everything !

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2015
DesertBoomers
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Green Valley, Arizona
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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

A great experience that allows us to appreciate the incredible skill and patience needed to create so many miniature everything !

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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This museum is easy to miss. I don't know how many times I drove past it without even realizing what I was missing. It is a hidden gem in Tucson. I could spend hours looking at each room. I guess it makes sense that miniatures don't need a large museum to be endlessly interesting. Like other museums, they often have... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

This is a great place to go with friends and family. The doll houses are truly amazing in their attention to detail. There is one doll house made out of a violin. At the end of the museum, there is a Christmas town all around the walls and under a glass floor. Very fun.

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

The private collection of miniatures turned into a museum is fascinating to see once, and children relate well to it, but I think once is enough.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

I didn't hold high hopes for this place. But, I was really surprised! It was actually pretty interesting for both me and my young children. It's a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Or, since this is Tucson, it's a great place to beat the heat!

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

We visited on their 6th anniversary, so got in for free. Which was a nice surprise. OK, if you are not into historical buildings and towns recreated in miniatures, this is not the place for you. However, if you enjoy that type of thing, this place is awesome, huge, and so cleverly put together. We enjoyed it so much, we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

This is nothing more than a huge collection of dolls houses and mass produced 'tat' that you can buy in Walmart. The displays and information boards seem desperate to try to legitimise this as 'art' or 'craft' but it just doesn't work. We were in and out in 20 minutes...

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Tucson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

I've heard about this museum for years and it sounded like something I would definitely want to avoid. I had an aunt visiting who enjoys miniatures so this attraction seemed a natural. I'm 66 and not really a kid at heart but I was truly impressed by the number of miniature houses, novelty displays, miniature accessories and equipment and how... More 

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

The museum is dedicated to miniatures of all types, from fairy tales to historic housing. Meticulous detail is paid to every piece and some almost come to life. I think it appeals to children and pensioners alike!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I was kind of creeped out by this place. I heard it used to be one woman's collection. Since I am kind of a clean freak, it just read "dust collectors" to me. I think that the museum is intended to charm, but I found it a bit weird.

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