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- $10 for admission for two ($18 value)
- $19 for admission for four ($36 value)
Admission also includes access to Feel Big Live Small, a multimedia exhibit of miniatures meant to re-create the real world in excruciating detail. This exhibit is running January 23, 2106 through April 17, 2016
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
In one corner of the room, a chamber quartet performs baroque music. In another, a man demonstrates his pet poodle's impeccable training. Downstairs, the maid works in the kitchen and a wealthy man shows a child around his library. The thing is, this all takes place in a space no larger than a cinder block. It's just one of the exhibits at The Mini Time Machine Museum, which captures scenes—whether historical, sociological, or fantastical—in stunningly tiny detail.
- Size: big enough to contain a 1775 English estate, a four-story German household from 1880, an early 20th century toy manufacturer, and a 1559 garden pavilion in Old Shanghai. In other words, small enough to see everything over the course of an hour or two.
- Eye Catcher: Oddly enough, the most iconic fixture of the museum is the towering Enchanted Tree, which grows in a room full of magical displays. One face smiles over scenes of fairies playing, one scowls in the direction of spooky witches and goblins, and a frost-bearded third oversees vignettes of hard-working elves in Santa's Workshop.
- Permanent Mainstay: The Snow Village is one of the largest displays in the museum, with 56 lighted buildings that visitors can look down upon through a glass-floor display case.
- Hidden Gem: Take a close look at the Enchanted Tree—inside, you'll find eight hidden scenes of cozy little mice tucked away within its knots and roots. Wait long enough, and you just might catch a glimpse of the fairy Caitlin, though she comes and goes as she pleases.
- Don't Miss: the automated house of Emil Wick. Like many of the displays, this 19th-century Swiss village literally bustles with activity thanks to hidden mechanisms; unlike most of those displays, this one dates back to the 1880s.