Shipping & Purchasing Information

Holiday Notice: Shipping, processing, and customer service will be closed for Thursday November 26th for the Thanksgiving holiday. The 26th will not count as a "business day" for processing time or transit time on shipments. Operations will resume on Friday November 27th. 

Current Order Processing Time: 2-3 business days.

Most orders are shipped from our warehouse facility in West Virginia, USA. Approximate transit times for each shipping option will display in the shopping cart after you enter your shipping address, and reflect the amount of transit time after order processing. (In other words, please add 2-3 business days to the time frame estimates in the shopping cart.)

Important COVID-19 pandemic information: We are still actively shipping orders at this time, and our processing time is typically 2-3 business days.

International orders may see increased customs processing time during this state of emergency. USPS packages are seeing increased delays in addition to long customs processing time, as cargo ships are being used to transport USPS packages when space runs out on cargo planes. This means that USPS packages may take up to 75 days to deliver in some cases. If your order is time-sensitive, we strongly recommend choosing a FedEx shipping option at checkout.

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Orders Within the United States

Recommended order-by dates for expected delivery before December 25th. Please order before 2:00pm Eastern Time on the date indicated below to ensure the best chance of receiving the order before Christmas. Clicking a date below will bring up a new tab with a time zone conversion for the cutoff in your local time zone.

Destination
FedEx Ground
USPS First Class Mail
or
USPS Priority Mail
FedEx 2-Day FedEx Priority Overnight
Contiguous U.S. Monday Dec. 14 Thursday Dec. 17 Monday Dec. 21 Tuesday Dec. 22
Alaska & Hawaii N/A Thursday Dec. 17 Monday Dec. 21 Tuesday Dec. 22
Military Mail (APO/FPO/DPO) N/A Monday Dec. 7 N/A* N/A

*USPS Priority Mail Express Military is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices facilities. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to your APO/FPO/DPO address. If available, the deadline for USPS Priority Mail Express Military orders is 2:00pm Eastern on Wednesday, December 16th.

Dates above are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on destination and other conditions.

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Orders Outside the United States

Recommended order-by dates for expected delivery before December 25th. Please order before 11:59pm Eastern Time on the date indicated below to ensure the best chance of receiving the order before Christmas. Clicking a date below will bring up a new tab with a time zone conversion for the cutoff in your local time zone.

Destination First Class Mail International FedEx International Economy FedEx International Priority
Africa Nov. 29* Dec. 8 Dec. 15
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec. 6* Dec. 8 Dec. 15
Australia/New Zealand Dec. 6* Dec. 14 Dec. 17
Canada Dec. 6* Dec. 21 Dec. 22
Caribbean Dec. 6* Dec. 8 Dec. 15
Central & South America Nov. 29* Dec. 8 Dec. 15
Mexico Dec. 6* Dec. 20 Dec. 21
Europe Dec. 6* Dec. 15 Dec. 20
Middle East Dec. 6* Dec. 8 Dec. 15

Actual delivery date may vary depending on destination and other conditions, including customs delays.

*Estimated date as provided by USPS. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen significant additional delays with USPS packages sent outside the US. Packages shipped by these dates are not guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. We strongly encourage FedEx shipping for all time-sensitive orders. 

Important Purchasing Information

* Please note that all prices on our site are in US Dollars ($)

The Mini Museum is a hand made product and the production process lends itself to variations. All Mini Museums are sold "as-is" and by purchasing a Mini Museum, you acknowledge such variations will occur. There might be tiny air bubbles, or a specimen may be shaped and sized differently than the images on this page. Specimens and the limited edition label have also been known to shift or fragment slightly during the acrylic curing phase, which can cause variations in alignment and appearance. Such variations highlight the artisanal nature of this project, as each Mini Museum is made by hand and absolutely unique.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

International Customs and Taxes (VAT)

We do not collect international customs or sales tax (VAT) up front.  Your purchase price reflects the product and shipping cost only.

As the purchaser of a Mini Museum, you will be responsible for all duties and taxes imposed on the import of the Mini Museum.  The Mini Museum is an educational display and will be classified as such on import documentation, which should eliminate customs tariffs in most cases, but sales tax (VAT) is always a possibility and you should plan accordingly.

If you refuse customs/tax/VAT charges, your Mini Museum will be returned to us and we will not reship.  Assuming the Mini Museum is not damaged, we will refund your purchase minus shipping charges.

How long will a Mini Museum last?

An acrylic Mini Museum, if properly cared for, should last for many, many years, but it is not indestructible.  We have taken great pains to protect your Mini Museum, and though rare it is possible that it may arrive with a few micro abrasions.  Most abrasions are simple to remove, but we always recommend taking your Mini Museum to a professional jewelry repair shop for buffing and polishing.

 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Jcb, and Diners Club.  

Do you ship to APO/FPO addresses?

Yes!  We use the US Postal Service to ship to members of the US Military and are proud to do so.

 

Do you ship internationally? 

Yes!  We've shipped Mini Museums to more than 68 different countries around the world!  Please be sure to read the section below about International Customs and Taxes (VAT).

We recommend using FedEx for international shipments but we also offer US Postal Service for some countries as well (Priority Mail services ONLY).  Shipping methods vary by country and pricing is determined at the time of the sale based on weight.  You may check the price of shipping by placing the items you wish to order in your shopping cart, then proceeding to the checkout and entering your shipping address information (you do not need to enter any payment information to reach the point where shipping quotes will appear).

A Note About USPS First Class International Shipping:  Please note that we do offer USPS First Class International Shipping. In many countries, the tracking of these packages is simple and easy. In addition to the USPS website, you can also use the tracking number on the destination country's postal service website (e.g. Royal Mail for the UK). However, there are some countries that do not provide additional tracking once the package is handed over to customs. Sweden for example does not track the package after handoff. In general, we've still found USPS First Class very reliable but on occasion it can take longer.

Do you require signatures on shipments?

Not always. If you are shipping FedEx International, you'll need to sign. That is their policy on orders over a certain amount. In the United States, we no longer require a signature to receive delivery of the Mini Museum.

 

Returns, Exchanges, and Refunds 

  • General Returns and Exchanges: Each Mini Museum is a limited edition collectible, and all Mini Museums are sold as-is. There are no exchanges available.  However, if you are unhappy with your Mini Museum we can offer your a refund if you return your mini museum within 30 days of purchase.  Please contact us prior to making a return. 
  • Shipping Refunds: Please note that you will be responsible for paying for return shipping costs. We can provide you with a return label but the costs for return shipping will be deducted from your refund.  Original shipping costs are also not refundable.  If you select an express shipping method with "guaranteed delivery" time, we will not file a claim on your behalf if the delivery is not made on time.
  • Shipping Insurance: Every package we send is insured against loss and/or theft.  If your package does not arrive, please contact us immediately and we will investigate. We will issue a refund after the investigation is complete, which depending on the destination could take several weeks.
  • Discounted Items: All discounted Mini Museums are sold "as-is".  No exchanges or refunds are possible.

 

Contacting Mini Museum Service

Email is the best way to contact us.  Our email address is service@minimuseum.com.  Every email sent to this address is assigned to a Mini Museum Helper and all replies are tracked.