Ghost Stories & Fairy Tales Make Believe in Miniature

featuring the work of Anaheim artist


February 1, 2019 through April 28, 2019

at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Step into a fantastical world of handcrafted miniatures depicting original tales of the mystical and mythic.

Artist Geoff Mitchell illustrates ghost stories and fairytales using 1/7 scale miniature scenes that pique the imagination.

Built in the scale of stop-motion animation sets, and reminiscent of the Gothic Cinematic style of Tim Burton, these dioramas are both ethereal and enchanting.

Mitchell’s original stories are timeless and somehow familiar, as if conjured from a shared memory, or an imaginary world that one has to believe in order to see.

Accented by thematic lighting and a musical soundtrack, this exhibit approaches the enduring art of storytelling...

…with a different and older kind of magic, and it might be more powerful for it.

– Chris Ziegler, OC Weekly


The Deep South’s Gulf Coast where Geoff Mitchell grew up has a long history of storytelling. On hot summer days it was common for folks to share local legends, tall tales and ghost stories. Immersed in the tradition, Mitchell recalls listening to his grandmother add her own colorful accounts to a story while talking on the phone. All this narrative fueled his imagination and provided him with subjects for visual art. Mitchell’s work, including miniatures, paintings, music, short films, and storybooks, consistently embodies a curious feeling of nostalgia. There is a desire to pull the past forward into the now and even propel it out into the future. Never in a sense of resisting change, but rather to remind us of where we have been, so we have a better look at where we might go. What Mitchell loves most about making art is that it is his way of carrying on a tradition of storytelling and miniature dioramas are an ideal format for bringing his tales to life.

associated programs

An opening reception will be held for museum members and special guests on February 1. Become a museum member to get the invite.

Join artist Geoff Mitchell on a Gallery Walk on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12pm. Included with museum admission.

Ghost Stories in the Enchanted Realm

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 6pm – 8pm

Join artist, Geoff Mitchell, and other local storytellers for an evening of storytelling at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Under the iconic tree in the Enchanted Realm Gallery, enjoy an evening with tales of local haunts and original fiction, as well as an old-fashioned shadow puppet show. Children and the young-at-heart will enjoy a treasure hunt in the museum’s temporary exhibit, Ghost Stories and Fairy Tales: Make Believe in Miniature. Have a seat by our campfire, let us make you a s’more, and enjoy a special evening of storytelling for all ages.

This event is included with museum admission or free for museum members. Purchase your tickets by 03/21/19 and save $1 off each ticket.

An Enchanted Fairytale Afternoon

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 2pm – 4pm

Join artist, Geoff Mitchell, and local authors for an afternoon of fairy tales in the mystical setting of the Enchanted Realm Gallery at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. A special guest, Charles Dickens, will join the event in full Victorian costume to tell a little-known tale of his own. A mini theater sets the stage for an authentic early 1900’s magic lantern show, featuring hand-painted glass slides and original fairy tales. This magical afternoon will also include an ice cream treat!

Included with museum admission. Free for museum members.

See the event itinerary here

visit us

This exhibit will be on view at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona between February 1, 2019 and April 28, 2018. Included with general admission. Free for museum members. See our hours and admission here.

This exhibit is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, funded by the City of Tucson and Pima County.


photos courtesy of Geoff Mitchell Studio

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