Miniature World in Victoria BC

Inside many of the miniature diorama displays are animated scenes that come to life at the push of a button. Buses and cars move, trains pass, gates open and people come to life!
Inside many of the miniature diorama displays are animated scenes that come to life at the push of a button. Buses and cars move, trains pass, gates open and people come to life!

Ever since seeing the miniature kitchen scene inside a microwave oven at the Moncton Miniatures Annual Show I have thought miniatures were so neat especially when the details are so realistic and on such a small scale that it really blows your mind. We went for a visit to the famous Miniature World in Victoria, BC and it was beyond anything I could ever imagine!

There are over 85 dioramas and displays at Miniature World and when we were there the new Camelot display had just opened and the Camelot series of dioramas alone took 3 years to build! Throughout there were narrations for each display as well as animations and sound effects to fully immerse you in each era and story.

This Miniature World diorama reminded me of Ft. Louisburg in Nova Scotia. The display radiates an old village charm with cobble stone roads and peasants going to market.
This Miniature World diorama reminded me of Ft. Louisburg in Nova Scotia. The display radiates an old village charm with cobble stone roads and peasants going to market.

There were huge panoramic display cases filled with incredible action scenes based on real places and people and events of history as well as scene from fairy tales and myths from the past. It’s like some sort of Twilight Zone episode, you know the one where the guy in the museum sees a dollhouse and then he gets drawn into the dollhouse and starts interacting with the miniatures…that’s how crazy the miniature world is!

First you are seeing a wild west scene of horses and cowboys running across the plains and you can almost smell the horses and hear the pounding of the hoofs on the dirt and then you turn around and are inside of a 1950’s park in a little town with white fences and an antique car show happening in the town square!

The townsfolk gathered in the local park to visit with neighbors and look at some late model vehicles.
The townsfolk gathered in the local park to visit with neighbors and look at some late model vehicles.

Then, after you move on you see a world war two miniature reproduction of a battle in a small French town complete with soldiers and fires and broken brick homes and then after you give your head a little shake you are visiting the Swiss Family Robinson in a tree house, and then a circus with trained seals on a sea saw and then the marriage of King Arthur and Gwendolyn and then there is that same dollhouse from the Twilight Zone almost the same but before you can think about it you are right inside walking up the stairs into a miniature world of 1870 carpets and doors and chandeliers!

A miniature display of a World War II village ravaged by the war in France. The realistic figures in the streets really create an atmosphere of battle and destruction.
A miniature display of a World War II village ravaged by the war in France. The realistic figures in the streets really create an atmosphere of battle and destruction.

You have got to visit this place, I don’t want to give everything away but there is so much to see and the fun part is each scene is like a giant Where’s Waldo and you are spotting little animals and details inside the miniature scene that are so incredibly imaginative that you are in awe at the amount of work and detail the builders put into it.

Boats dock at the wharf and townsfolk  crowd together to board the train into towm. The dioramas at Miniature World are amazingly detailed and this scene shows a crowd and you can really imagine the pushing and shoving and noises of the moment captured in miniature!
Boats dock at the wharf and townsfolk crowd together to board the train into towm. The dioramas at Miniature World are amazingly detailed and this scene shows a crowd and you can really imagine the pushing and shoving and noises of the moment captured in miniature!

Most of the miniatures displays have interactive buttons that operate some small mechanism inside the display…you have to really look close sometimes to see what the button activates because everything is so small…one button I pushed had me stumped…I kept looking for any movement and after five minutes finally saw that three miniature koi fish were swimming below the surface of a small pond when the button was pressed! Crazy fun!

Miniature World is right downtown in Victoria, British Columbia and is a must see! It’s really the Greatest Little Show on Earth! Visit their website: http://www.miniatureworld.com/

The stone bridge over the river is the scene for a drmatic and bloody battle between Knights of opposing kingdoms!
The stone bridge over the river is the scene for a dramatic and bloody battle between Knights of opposing kingdoms!