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Venue: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Time: Tue-Sat 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures exhibit features a series of miniature vignettes created by lifelong Tucsonan Mario Patino.  Unlike traditional miniature artisans who like to recreate buildings that idealize the past by presenting a beautifully restored reality, Mario Patino's miniatures unabashedly depict the ravishes of time on the South Tucson barrio neighborhood where he grew up. Even though his telephone booth, local pool hall, 55 Chevy and vintage barrio kitchen are coated in dust, grime and stains, they are somehow charming. Perhaps it is his honesty in showing that time well spent leaves a mess and a mark. Or maybe the scale of the pieces encourages viewers to look beyond the grime and imagine the good times that these rundown remains represent.