Posts Tagged ‘attraction’

Mini Time Museum of Miniatures

January 27th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Catherine wearing diamond

Catherine the Great
with Orlov

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, presents a special exhibit of replica diamonds displayed on miniature historical figures representing their original owners. The exhibit (beginning January 27, 2015 through April 19, 2015) features the work of two famous artists. The replica diamonds were created by Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico and the historic figures were designed by artist, George S. Stuart of Ojai, CA.

The exhibit, called Diamonds Are Forever (The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them), comes to the Tucson Mini Time Museum of Miniatures courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County California, which developed and produced it. This exhibit tells the story of famous diamonds and their famous owners. Their stories are told with 18 quarter-life-size historical figures and 10 replica diamonds.

George Stuart has created more than 400 historic figures, famous and infamous, in incredible life like miniature sculptures. He also describes them in regular monologues presented near his home in Ventura, CA.

Scott Sucher, through exhaustive research, creates world famous, historically accurate diamond replicas for museums and educational purposes.

Louis XIV with diamond

Louis XIV – French Blue diamond tie tack

According to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures website, the exhibit includes figures of Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Napoleon and the Shah Jahan. The historic diamond replicas feature the Hope, the French Blue, Regent, Beau Sancy, the Koh-i-Noor, the Orlov and the Mirror of Portugal. Many of these jewels were incorporated into crowns, scepters, pendants & hair ornaments and were usually in the hands of royalty. However, over time, some have been lost, stolen or broken up and re-cut. Diamond connoisseurs will be familiar with all or most of these stones and will find the exhibit fascinating. Gem Show visitors will want to add this exhibit to their schedules during February for a great change of pace from shopping or selling.

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures regular collection features over 275 miniature houses and box rooms in three main areas: the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World. This is not just a destination for children; in fact many exhibits are better understood and appreciated by adults. You will never be too old to enjoy this wonderful museum. Many fine artists are represented and their work is perfection in every tiny detail, from real silverware & china in table settings to fine furniture, carpeting and paintings hanging on the small dollhouse walls. Many periods of history are replicated in the various houses and boxes, along with fantasy representations of fairy tales. You’ll find old and contemporary houses, houses from other countries, an airplane café, stores, western scenes, castles and re-creations of existing or formerly existing buildings. You’ll wish you could touch these tiny treasures but they are protected from harm yet beautifully displayed and lighted so that every small marvel can be easily observed.There are docent led and self guided tours to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures and you will want to come back many times to revisit the permanent collection as well as to take advantage of the special temporary exhibits like Diamonds Are Forever.

The museum, although now in its sixth year of operation, still remains a hidden treasure, a Tucson Special Attraction. You’ll find the museum at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson, about 20 minutes drive from downtown. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Sunday, Noon – 4 PM. Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Historic figure photos and artist photos courtesy of Museum of Ventura County.

Scott Sucher

Scott Sucher

George Stuart

George Stuart

 

Nandi – Reid Park Zoo Baby Elephant

December 23rd, 2014 by samhughesinn

Nandi at 2 months

Nandi at 2 months

Reid Park Zoo & Baby Elephant Nandi

Reid Park zoo and its star attraction, the baby elephant, Nandi, are set to break attendance records in 2014. This was the first elephant birth for the zoo and has captured the attention of countless fans.

Nestled in the middle of bustling mid-town Tucson, the zoo has always been a tiny marvel. Once inside visitors forget that they are in the middle of a heavily populated city surrounded by highways and traffic. Its clever design makes a jungle-like oasis only about five minutes from the University of Arizona and a few minutes more to downtown Tucson. This year people waited anxiously knowing that a pregnant elephant was about to give birth. Nandi was born on August 20th but kept in a quiet area with her mother, Semba. Even a royal birth might not have been so closely watched as zoo staff kept a vigil 24 hours a day, until she was born. At night interns stayed up observing with night vision goggles for any signs of labor.

Weighing in at 245 lbs she seemed like a toy animal next to her mother who tipped the scales at more than 7,000 lbs. They were kept in seclusion for a month until the baby was healthy enough to be allowed in the viewing area. In December she weighed more than 500 lbs but still looks tiny next to the three adults and one 3 year old in the herd. All the elephants were rescued from Swaziland and came to Tucson via the San Diego Zoo after new construction greatly increased the size of the elephant enclosure. Her dad is Mabu and he weighs more than 8 tons. We’re not sure how they weigh elephants but we’ll take their word for it. The zoo opens at 9 am during the cool months and Nandi is usually on display until about 11:30 am. You won’t want to miss Nandi when you visit Tucson; it’s going to take her quite a few years to be as big as her parents, the three year old, and the other giant males.

Nandi's Extended Family

Nandi’s Family

Mom - Semba

Mom – Semba

The zoo’s small size makes it an ideal place to spend a few hours being amazed at the diversity of the animal world.

There are many other reasons to visit this gem of a zoo, which has a wide range of animals and birds big and small, including Herbie, the giant turtle (500 lbs. who could be as old as 100 years but he’s not talking.)

Herbie (photographer Jeff Whitlock

Herbie –  [photography, Jeff Whitlock, www.theonlinezoo.com]

Ample parking surrounds the zoo, just 2.5 miles from Sam Hughes Inn and next to the Randolph Park Golf Course, Tennis courts and directly opposite Edith Ball Adaptive pools (swimming & therapy pools heated and open year round) with UV protected circus tent style roof. You can bring a picnic lunch and eat in the park near a large man made lake with fountain and the usual visiting duck population.

 

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