When Ms. Karen’s brother and sis-in-law came to visit us over Thanksgiving, we chose to visit the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on the Friday after. For those of you who have not been, The Museum of Miniatures is a magical place full of enchanting miniature houses, castles, and assorted spaces. We chose to go to see what Wee Winter Wonderland was all about. The event had just opened for the season.
After paying our fees, (membership is available), we were directed to a teeny room with a delightful, magical video describing what we were about to see. Be sure not to miss this.
Next, we were drawn to The Enchanted Realm filled with fantasy and holiday scenes. There, Caitlin, the resident fairy, and Pocahontas were greeting all the children and presenting them with most powerful fairy stones.
Next, we wandered off to the Exploring the World Gallery. This gallery showcases contemporary miniatures depicting life around the world. Some of these exhibits are quite old, some are decorated for the holidays.
Ms. Karen came across a house that she recognized as the Gamble House, a fine example of Craftsman architecture in Pasadena. We’ve been there!
The History Gallery
The third permanent gallery is the History Gallery. This exhibit takes a look at daily life in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Temporary Exhibits
Automata – October 4, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Ms. Karen was enthralled by this exhibit. Every item does something when the handle is cranked. In the above picture kids can see for themselves. Fascinating. Unfortunately you cannot touch most of the items in the exhibit, although you CAN watch the video and see how each of them work.
But, before you watch the video, walk around and try to figure our what each of them do when the crank is turned. Then watch the video and see if you were right.
This exhibit is from the collection of UA Art Professor Emeritus Michael Croft. It includes over 40 miniature machines created by twenty-three contemporary automata makers from around the world. It will be on display until January 27, 2019.
You can read more about the Automata Exhibit on the Miniature Museum’s website here.
Ms. Karen’s favorites were: Love Makes the World Go Round, and The Archaeologist.
Enjoy the Mini Museum this Holiday Season. We did.
Wee Winter Wonderland is showing through January 6, 2019
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
520 881 0606
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ 85712
Open: Tues – Sat 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 12 – 4pm
Closed on major Holidays