It is located next to the Empress hotel. According to its brochure, its highlights are the world's largest dollhouse and the world's longest model railroad. Other exhibits include miniature scenes of famous battles, the London of Charles Dickens, a circus, the Wild West and so on. Worth going into!
I never really felt the urge to visit Miniature World before, although it probably would have been something I'd want to see had I been a kid. I visited because I had free admission to see it during Victoria's "Be A Tourist In Your Home Town" event where for $10 we purchased a booklet of coupons for many of Victoria's tourist attractions.
Essentially, Miniature World is a bit like a museum of diaramas, doll houses, and toy trains. All kinds of landscapes and famous stories are recreated at a miniature scale.
When you first walk in, you enter a darkly lit futuristic scene - Space 2201 - set up with entire planets and space ships. When you exit the space exhibit, you're thrown into Fields of Glory in which many of the world's famous battles are recreated, including some impressive WWII sights. Many battles have Canadian significance, so it helps to have a little background in Canadian history in order to truly appreciate it.
Following the military history, they have a fabulous set up of the Canadian railroad history. The construction of the railroad across Canada plays a large part in the country's history, and they do an excellent job of recreating the Canadian landscape from 19th century Vancouver all the way to Halifax on the Atlantic. They have trains running along the tracks which is a real hit with kids.
When I visited the young kids seemed to love the storybook displays where scenes from nursury rhymes and fairy tales were recreated. Little boys seemed to really love Circus World, where the history of the circus and the modern fairgrounds were created in tiny displays - including famous rides. Often there were buttons you could press to see things move.
Another major highlight of Miniature World was its Victorian dollhouses. The houses were massive and had such attention to detail, it boggled my mind. There must have been 30 different doll houses alone!
Needless to say, this is not really an attraction I'd recommend to anybody, but if you love little things, lots of detail, or if you're visiting with young kids, I'd make this a must see. Give yourself at least one hour.
To go to the Miniature World is one of the most amazing experience I had. It is unbelievable how the Canadians made tiny stuffs and made it into a museum! The museum has many booths with teeny-tiny lights. Every booth has it's own history. Each one tells a story. There is a booth about the war, the logging industry, the development of cities, the railway system, the development of sawmill, Europe, etc.
There is also a booth that runs a train. The train passes through the logging site all the way to the city. There is also a booth that shows the rooms of a house. We are talking about small things. The rooms are furnished with tiny furnitures from living room, dining room set to bedroom set! It's totally amazing!.
A great place to take kids or to bring out the kid in you. Hundreds of dolls and miniatures bring scenes from battle scenes, old fairy tales, and space scenes. One of the highlights includes one of the biggest train sets that I've seen, representing the CPR railway going all the way across Canada. The trains really move and the buildings light up during the simulated night. The other major highlight is the carnival with all sorts of action going on. Admission is $9 Cdn (2006) for adults .
This place has some pretty substantial dioramas and electric-train set ups, with a representation of the early trans-Canada railroad, with sets of Calgary, etc., in the 1880s. There are others, like castles and battle scenes as well. It's great fun for adults and kids alike.
Miniature world.. A plethora of planes, houses, little wars and something for the aspiring carney... A miniature carnival!! Equipped with miniture carnies smoking tiny cigarettes(more expensive in Canada), yelling at miniature people to pull out their miniture wallets to play some miniature ball throwing game... No miniature dentist to take care of miniature carnies black and yellow teeth, though.