Have you checked out a Culture Pass lately?

Do the holidays have your house swelling with out of town guests eager to explore all that Tucson offers? Don't forget about our Culture Pass program, which provides FREE access to amazing arts and cultural institutions right here in Southern Arizona. 

Just in time for the annual influx of out of town visitors, we're happy to announce that two new venues have been added: The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

To celebrate, we checked in with these two venues to learn more about what they offer!

Your Culture Pass from the Library will cover your admission for up to 2 people , but any special events or programs will have an added cost. Please be sure to clarify with the venues before you visit.

What can people expect on a visit to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures?

Our three main galleries occupy more than 10,000 square-feet of exhibit space. Considering our artifacts are miniature, that’s a lot to see!

We've got the History Gallery (antique miniatures dating as far back as 1742), the Exploring the World Gallery (contemporary and fine-scale miniatures), and the Enchanted Realm (fantasy miniatures and collectibles). In addition, the museum hosts frequent temporary exhibits and highlights the work of local artists in our Community Corner.

Now through January 7, 2018, the museum is transformed into a Wee Winter Wonderland. From December 19, 2017 through April 29, 2018, our Community Corner exhibit will be David Fischer: Model Builder Extraordinaire.

The tips for visiting section on our website provides great information for first time visitors.

We understand you now have audio guides for tech-savvy visitors. Can you tell us a bit about that?

The museum offers several audio tours that are accessible on a visitor's own internet ready mobile device. Currently, we have a verbally rich descriptive audio tour for the visually impaired, an audio tour exploring some of our founder's favorite pieces, and some audio tracks that accompany a current exhibit, George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Monsanto Collection

How do your special programs and services help achieve your vision of interactive space where everyone can find enjoyment?

The museum strives for inclusivity. As we add new citations for temporary exhibits or replace permanent collection ones, our goal is to include a translation in Spanish. We also have many resources for the visually impaired including Touch Packs that visitors can check out, large print gallery guides and even Touch Tours led by specially trained docents. We also have a program called My Time at The Mini, which is private viewing hours for people with autism and their families. Modifications are made to the light and sound components of the galleries and extra exploratory resources are available. Inclusivity is an ongoing goal and we hope to introduce more resources as we are able. More information about our accessibility resources can be found here.

Can you tell us about some of the upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)?

In January 2018, MOCA Tucson is hosting several solo exhibitions, including work by a Danish contemporary ceramic artist Rose Eken, and Los Angeles-based painter Rosson Crow who creates largescale, brilliantly-colored desert landscape paintings that mirror our political landscape. In April 2018, MOCA will also be hosting a mid-career retrospective by Netherlandish artist Folkert de Jong, featuring large-scale figurative sculptures and whimsical installations.

MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art. Can you tell us a little bit about what visitors can expect?

Exhibitions and programs at MOCA Tucson are always changing, so visitors will always have a new and surprising experience when they visit the museum. This winter we are hosting programs that range from taxidermy workshops to traditional basketweaving with renowned Tohono O'odham artist Terrol Dew Johnson, and we've invited Radiant Human to the museum for a weekend residency in January to photograph visitors' auras. You never know what you might see, hear, or experience at MOCA!

Beyond being a new Culture Pass partner, can you tell us about some of the exciting things happening at MOCA, including the innovative education programs you offer?

We've launched a number of exciting, new initiatives this year, including our MOCA Satellite youth art program that travels to different Title 1 schools across Pima County, and THIRD THURSDAYS at MOCA, a monthly, FREE event where visitors of all ages can experience the museum for free. These days feature different hands-on artmaking activities, music, food, and a cash bar.

We offer a full range of education programs for both youth and adults, including on-site and off-site programming. Our core programs include Young Fauves, an after-school program for younger artists, Minor Mutiny, a program designed for LGBTQIA+ teens in partnership with Eon Youth Lounge, as well as three weeks of summer camps for youth.

Please note customers can check out one pass per family in a one-week time span and a total of up to two passes per family per month. To learn more about the Culture Pass program, including where and how to check passes out as well as guidelines and restrictions, please visit our FAQs