42,339 people engaged with the museum in 2017, either through a visit, attending one of our programs, taking a group tour or field trip, attending a private event at the museum, or receiving a museum outreach presentation.
Supporting our Community
In 2017, the museum provided free admission through the following programs: 8th Anniversary, Blue Star Museums, Community Support Program, Culture Pass, Memorial Weekend Summer Kick-off, My Time at The Mini, Sizing Up My World, Teacher Appreciation Month, and the Tucson Miniature Showcase.
The museum donated $5,987 worth of free admission passes to local nonprofits to assist with their fundraising efforts.
In total, the museum provided more than $50,000 in free or reduced admission in 2017.
"You won't believe in magic until you see it with your own eyes."
–Kevin B., Google review, 2017
“Rivaling any Smithsonian in layout design, presentation, lighting, and interaction, the Miniatures Museum is one of the most professional museums I've ever visited. If the content doesn't interest you, then come marvel at the engineering template all museums should follow.”
– Matthew K., Google review, 2017
“We love the Miniature Time Museum. Every time we go our family has a wonderful time. We love how they change the displays around, finding all the little fairies everywhere, story time and their interactive activities. Thanks for being here in Tucson. Wonderful getaway for a couple hours anytime of year.”
– Kelly H., Facebook, 2017
In 2017, the museum received 220 reviews from Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Yelp combined. These reviews were 97.3% positive.
2017 Collection Acquisitions
Matching funds from an Anonymous Donor allowed us to purchase an Automata House, from the collection of Cristy Taylor, handmade between 1890 and 1930.
Donations from Eunice and E.G. Hernandez and Family
The Museum acquired a collection of thirty-two one-quarter-life-size Historical Figures by the artist George Stuart. A spotlight exhibit space featuring rotating selections from the collection provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy these fascinating figures on a regular basis.
The following figures in the donation were all made by George Stuart between 1957 and 1965: Alfred the Great, Assurbanipal, Caroline von Brunswick, Catherine de Medici, Cleopatra, Emperor Nero, Erik the Red, Helen of Troy, Ivan the Terrible, Julius Caesar, King Nebuchadrezzar II, Livia Drusilla Augusta, Maria Fitzherbert, Philip II, Poppaea Sabina, Queen of Sheba, Tutankhamun, Circa 1815 Walking Dress, Dionysus of Syracuse, Dress of the Lincoln Era, Girl in a Walking Dress c. 1820s, Herod Antipas, Isabeau of Bavaria, Minos of Crete, Mt. Vernon Lady, Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria 1900, Queen Victoria Robes of State 1837, William the Conqueror, Alexandra Princess of Wales
Donations from Debbie Young
Log Cabin, Thomas and Catherine Latané, 1987 and The Doll House, Debbie Young, 2013
Study Collection Donations
Doctor's Office Roombox, Jayne McCluskey, circa 1980, Anonymous donor and Four Turned Vessels by James Heuser, 2017, James and Carol Heuser
The Art and Science of Portrait Miniatures
January 24, 2017 through April 16, 2017
This exhibit was organized by the Juniata College Museum of Art.
“The content and quality of the exhibits were unexpected. The age of the displays from the mid 19th century to today was amazing. The global breadth of the exhibit spoke highly of the curators of the museum. The workmanship of the items displayed was beyond description. We felt privileged to be there for the exhibition of painted miniature portraits.”
– Edward C., TripAdvisor, 2017
Agua Caliente Elementary Littles Home Show
May 15, 2017 through May 27, 2017
After reading books about John Peterson's The Littles, students visit the museum for inspiration and to learn how miniaturists transform objects from the real world into items for their miniature worlds. Back at school, they go through the writing process to create their own versions of Littles stories. Finally, each child builds and furnishes a Littles house of their own. Selected works are chosen to be exhibited for two weeks at the museum. 2017 was the 5th year of the partnership between The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and Agua Caliente Elementary School.
Bob Murphy's Railroad Town
June 6, 2017 through August 6, 2017
Jean LeRoy's Buzzard Creek Ghost Town
September 25, 2017 through November 5, 2017
George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection
Part I: September 22, 2017 through November 26, 2017 and Part II: November 28, 2017 through January 21, 2018
Holidays Around the World and Throughout Time
November 21, 2017 through January 7, 2018
“A one-of-a-kind museum experience! Do not visit Tucson without stopping here, and don't live here without dropping in at least once a year - especially around the Holidays!”
– Benjamin C., Google review, 2017
Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella: Cultural Army of Tucson
May 9, 2017 through August 27, 2017
James Heuser: Wee Woodworking
August 29, 2017 through December 17, 2017
David Fischer: Model Builder Extraordinaire
December 19, 2017 through April 29, 2018
Kids Create Family Fun Program
Tiny Tales for Tots
“We took kids to Storytime and they absolutely loved it, didn't want to leave! Brilliant execution and phenomenal for imagination and learning.”
– Levi O., Facebook review, 2017
Classes (Tokens of Appreciation: Mini Keepsakes and Fabergé Inspired Eggs, Haunted Wagon Stop Motion Class)
Artist Demonstrations (Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella, Bob Murphy, James Heuser)
8th Annual May Day
Trick-or-Treating in the Galleries with Puppet Show
My Time at The Mini (a program for people with autism and their families)
“I took my autistic granddaughter to the special event and we all loved it!!!! My son, my other granddaughter and I. So much to look at, so much to see. The work is amazing. Great staff, very helpful and were very happy to help.”
– Lizette M., Facebook review, 2017
“A fun place to visit to get a break from the sun! 7 year old and 4 year old daughters loved it. They had a ball hunting for the 5 fairies. My husband and I really enjoyed the miniatures. Girls had a lot of fun being creative in the craft room (every Thursday in July).”
– Nicole S., Google review, 2017
Night Around the Campfire
Teacher Appreciation Month
Summer Camps (World of Dinosaurs, Ancient World: Pompeii, Galaxy Voyage, Fairy Garden Planter, Fairy Camping, Fairy Crystal Garden, and A Visit to the Big City, 8 scholarships were awarded)
“[My children] just love the Mini Time Machine Museum. Every summer all that they remember is their experience and what they have learned there. Your wonderful team taught them a lot, and they are looking forward to learning more. You really have a great team of people who know how to challenge them and get their attention, not only during the camp, but also after it’s over– because they kept searching for every topic they had learned there.”
– parent of a 2017 Summer Camp scholarship recipient
3,454 students from 35 schools received a free, educational Outreach presentation from our Museum Education Assistant in 2017.
2,004 students and teachers from 44 schools visited the museum on a school tour in 2017. Of these, 773 visited free of charge through our Sizing Up My World program.
“A field trip should increase our students’ appreciation of the arts and world culture. Our economically less-advantaged students are less likely to have these experiences if we don’t provide them…This field trip to the Mini Time Machine Museum expanded our students’ learning through an active, interesting experience. We truly value the chance to give our students this wonderful opportunity. Your grant enabled this to happen.”
– Allison U., First Grade Teacher, Elvira Elementary School
2017 Board of Trustees
Patricia Arnell–Board President and Founder, Jessica Andrews–Trustee, Sarah Arnell–Trustee, Merry Lewis–Trustee, Curtis Pritz–Trustee, Leilani Rothrock–Trustee, Kathy Sawyer–Trustee, Craig Skowrup–Trustee, Mariam Abrams–Appointed Treasurer and Secretary
Special thanks to outgoing board member Craig Skowrup for service as a Board Trustee of The Mini Time Machine, Inc. Craig joined the Board in 2006 and worked closely with Museum Founders Pat and Walter Arnell to establish the museum in the Tucson Community.
Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb–Executive Director, Gentry Spronken–Associate Director and Marketing Director, Emily Wolverton–Museum Services Manager, Moira McGee–Education Director and Registrar, Katy Kearney–Business Manager, Megan Anderson–Administration and Membership Coordinator, Michael Muscarello–Volunteer Manager and Education Assistant, Jesse Wiley–Facility Manager, Shaun Cochran–Museum Services Associate, Elysia Hansel, Museum Services Associate, Djamila Jean-Charles–Museum Services Assistant, Lani Smith–Museum Services Assistant
2017 Docents & Volunteers
Corky Anderson, Maria Buccino, Kathy Cohen, Amy Collinsworth, Ben Collinsworth, Chelsea Jo Crawford, Maggie Dansby, Lloyd Dennington, Polly Essinger, Beth Giachetti, Cynthia Hunt, Djamila Jean-Charles, Sarah Johnston, Ginger Krudup, Marsha Kwolek, Summer Lamb, Ellen Lewis, Priya Lin, Jan Littlefield, Phil McArthur, Jocelyn Muscarello, Kathy Naylor, Maureen O’Brien, Ginny Opsal, Faye Orchekowsky, Catherine Peterman, Jeannie Patino, Becky Pojunas, Rachel Rapp, Sara Risley, Mykaela Salvacion, Connie Sauve, Dr. Don Schroth, Lani Smith, Anne Snodgrass, Nelle Starr, Lyn Streeter, Kathy Thiebaut, Phyllis Thomas, Chris Wallace, Myrna Williams
Thank You to These Donors:
Every donation to the Museum is important and sincerely appreciated. We gratefully acknowledge these gifts of $100 and greater made to the Museum in 2017, and have made every effort to list them accurately. To make corrections, please contact Megan Anderson (520) 881-0606 or email@example.com.
Patricia Arnell, Merry Lewis, Margaret E. Mooney Foundation
$5,000 – $9,999
Connie Hillman Family Foundation, Southern Arizona Miniature Enthusiasts Inc.
$1,000 – $4,999
Sarah Arnell, Jennifer and Forrest Ashley, Lois Briggs, Craig Skowrup, Udall Law Firm
$500 – $999
Colleen Middleton, Kathleen Naylor
$250 – $499
Anonymous, Randy Fisher, IBM International Foundation , Dr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson, Marcia Jones and George Royer, Beth and Michael Kasser, Ellen Walling Lewis, Marilyn Ludwig, Kitty Murray, Robert and Era Pearce, Stephanie Pearmain, Leilani Rothrock, Lyn Streeter
$100 – $249
Megan Anderson and Mary Cromwell, Anonymous, Betsy Apking, Bonnie Burnett, Esthela Celaya, Beryl Cook, Joanne Downey, Alberta and David Farnsworth, Russ and Edie Ferrell, Sylvia Flagg, Dorothy P. Geis and Ruth Strand, Janie and Eugene Goodwillie, Peter and Barbara Halle, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb and David Lamb, Helen Holliday, Felipe and Karen Jacome, Austin Jaycox and Myrna Jaycox, Jack Lapidos, Katie Lorentzen, James and Janna Lukanuski, Peggy and Gary Martin, Barbara and Ole Melhouse, Bob Morris and Patricia Hanley, Emily and Ted Morrison, Jocelyn and Michael D. Muscarello, Lucy Netsch and Thorne Pierce, Ginny and Neil Opsal, Sue and Chuck Ostermeyer, Michelle and Theo Panousopoulos, Sara and Ralph Risley, Brenda Roberts and Roxanna Gruber, Todd Rockoff, Rochelle Roth, Kathy and Chuck Sawyer, Anne Snodgrass, Yvonne So and Jay Chen, Gentry and Jacques Spronken, St. Mark's Preschool and Kindergarten, Nelle Starr, Alana Stubbs and Roy Loewenstein, Elizabeth M Taylor, Allyn Thompson and Hugh Thompson, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Sandi and Rueben Wagelie, Chris Wallace, Sally Withers and Luis Guerrero
Special thanks to the following in-kind donors:
Lloyd Dennington for donating 274 hours of accounting services, Eunice and E.G. Hernandez and Family for the generous donation of 32 one-quarter-life-size Historical Figures by George Stuart, Mr. and Mrs. James Heuser for donating handcrafted merchandise for our Museum Store and four turned wood vessels to our study collection, More To The Story Entertainment for donating the theatrical performance for Petit Noel, David Reinders for donating a 7 foot Cabinet House Debbie Young for donating The Doll House and Log Cabin to our collection
Grants awarded in 2017:
Arizona Commission on the Arts $28,000, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona $5,000