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The Theatrics of Miniature World in Victoria

Perhaps it’s because I watched Honey I Shrunk The Kids last week (a movie I haven’t seen in 20 years), but I started thinking about my visit to Miniature World in Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria was the final destination on my 6-week long road trip around Canada and the US back in 2013. Although I’d been to Victoria a couple of times I had never been to Miniature World before.

Now I’m going to preface this post by saying that Miniature World is an attraction geared toward families and young kids. I wasn’t traveling with kids. I was traveling alone, but I loved this place and that sort of surprised me. I thought I’d go in and think, “well this is okay.” Instead, I went in and had to stop myself from squealing over the tiny displays. At one point, I’m pretty sure I made a high pitched “eeee!” sound. It was a bit ridiculous.

What is Miniature World

Miniature World is a tourist attraction located in downtown Victoria that has miniature dioramas and displays with themes ranging from creations of classic fairytales to historical events. Miniature World touts itself as being “The Greatest Little Show on Earth.” You can’t get much more theatrical than that.

The Exhibit

Now I don’t remember the exact order of every exhibit, but one of the first exhibits you see is a science fiction exhibit that shows outer space in the year 2201. I walked into a dark room and saw these miniature space ships. There were different coloured lights and some sound effects, and while some people would think, “oh this is cheesy” I was immediately smitten. I made my way through the other exhibits that showcased different events, both fictional and non-fictional. Many of the displays had sound effects and lights. Some had buttons you could push to make the miniature people and vehicles move around.

It was awesome, and I say that without any hint of irony or sarcasm.

Miniature World Photos

Mini recreation of WWII The Battle of Caen in France.

You can learn some history at Miniature world. Here’s a miniature recreation of WWII’s The Battle of Caen.

Mini Kawkiutl Village

There’s a good section on Canadian history as well. This is a recreation of a Kwakwaka’wakw or Kawkiutl village from the 1880’s. The Kwakwaka’wakw are Native American tribe who lived in the coastal British Columbia region

Re-creation of the last railway spike being hammered into the ground in Craigellachie, BC at Miniature World in Victoria, BC.

Canada is a big country and the expansion of rail transport across the country in the 1800’s helped unite Canada from coast to coast. This is a miniature display showing the last railway spike being hammered into the ground in Craigellachie, BC.

Miniature Castles at Miniature World.

Miniature Castles at Miniature World.

Ye Olde London Towne at Miniature World in Victoria, BC

This miniature display was called Ye Olde London Towne.

Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist at Miniature World in Victoria, BC

It’s not all history at Miniature World. Here is a miniature scene of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist.

Swiss Family Robinson at Miniature World in Victoria, BC

The mini tree house of The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.

Miniature recreation of the famous book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Miniature recreation of the famous book Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. The giant of Gulliver looks so big, but it’s probably only a foot long.

Scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Miniature World in Victoria, BC

Scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Mini dwarves – isn’t that a hyperbole?

Mini Circus at Miniature World in Victoria, BC.

Circuses, particularly those that use animals can be quite controversial, but this tiny circus is completely fake and uses tiny plastic figurine animals, so that’s okay.

Miniature Midway at Miniature World in Victoria, BC

This is a miniature creation of a typical midway in the 1900’s. Not only did it light up, but the rides spun around. It was so cool.

I don’t know why Miniature World was so much fun for me to visit. I never really played with miniature figurines, and even with the fairytale and fictional displays there was still quite a bit of historical displays. Perhaps during the end of a 6 week road trip across Canada and the US I just needed to do something ridiculously silly. Perhaps Miniature World reminded me of being a kid. I’m not sure, but it was a fun experience and Miniature World is likely a place I’ll visit in Victoria again.

Things you should know.

Miniature World is located at 649 Humboldt Street in Victoria, BC. Admission ranges from $8 for a child to $12 for an adult. You can save money by purchasing your admission ticket online in advance. I paid for my own admission (full price) to Miniature World.
During this trip to Victoria, British Columbia I stayed at the Ocean Island Inn Backpacker Suites. This was a nice budget hostel with a central location in Victoria. I paid for my own stay here.
If you’re visiting Victoria, BC  make sure to grab some delicious seafood from Red Fish Blue Fish. It’s an outdoor waterfront eatery on the harbour and the tuna tacones are the best things ever. If you’re looking for a good vegetarian/vegan option then I highly recommend Cafe Bliss.

What cheesy kids attraction do you secretly love?


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4 Responses to The Theatrics of Miniature World in Victoria

  1. Franca June 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM #

    This place looks so cool, I’m not a huge fan of miniatures but these ones are very interesting!

    • Alouise June 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM #

      Franca, I was quite surprised at how much I liked Miniature World. I didn’t think it would be for me at all. Definitely a fun place to visit if you’re in Victoria. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Mr. M May 18, 2015 at 4:04 PM #

    I also didn’t think I would LOVE this place when I visited in the 90s while in Victoria. I LOVED it! It truly is not “just for kids” – even BIG kids will likely love this place. So much history and what a unique way to show it!

    Mr. M

    • Alouise May 20, 2015 at 1:37 PM #

      I’m glad I’m not the only big kid who loved Miniature World. Thanks for the comment.

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