Miniature World
Miniature World
4.5
Speciality MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Unique Tourist Attraction in Victoria, British Columbia. Located in the famous Empress Hotel. Awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor! Over 85 miniaturized dioramas. Further adventures, tiny treasures and little pleasures await all who continue into Frontier Land, Fantasy Land, The Great Canadian Railway,The Fields of Glory, Space 2201, Circus World,The Enchanted Valley of Castles, Old London Town of 1670 & The World of Dollhouses. Special effects in lighting, sound and animation are added to create this miniaturized extravaganza that continues to thrill and delight the young and young at heart! Our latest and greatest creation, "King Arthur's Camelot" is now open, adding 11 new exhibits to our existing collection.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Tina
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were amazed at how good this place was.
    Fantastic place, saw the brochure but we were all amazed at how good this place was. The quality of the builds and the sheer volume of displays was outstanding. There was such a massive range of subjects, space travel, Shakespeare, fairy tales, London, Toronto, Canadian Towns, railways. Our Grandchildren aged 6 and 9 absolutely loved it, they were so good excited and charged around shouting "Look at this", there was a surprise around every corner. Great for adults as well as children. A must do if you're visiting Victoria.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Lisa R
    Marysville, Washington69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome! We even returned a second time!
    This is a must see in Victoria! This awesome displays, puts history, and also fairytales, to life. So much attention to detail! Even one of the dollhouses has a tv, that turns on! There are train sets that have day and night changes, airplanes and cars that move at the push of a button, war scenes, a miniature woodworking mill, miniature carnival and circus, and much more! My teen son, who’s on the spectrum, loved this. The lighting and real life depictions, are so awesome to see! I would highly recommend this! It’s worth the price!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Fuzzy K
    Lake Forest, California136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    We were on a tour and had 2 free hours to explore. Miniature World looked interesting. It was a lot of fun. Amazing displays of historical scenes and scenes from literature. The works are incredibly detailed and there are a lot of them!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Micha S
    Everett, Washington8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 - Yes, you should undoubtedly go!
    Highly highly recommend this place! We went as a family of four with two young kids and had such an amazing time. It’s great for all ages. My kids were entertained as many booths were interactive with buttons to press, and my husband and I were just in awe of how spectacular the displays are. It was educational and you see history unfold as you walk past the booths and see what life looked like in different eras. Then there’s the fantasy / fairy tale sections that were just amazing and worth geeking out on. Many places you go once and call it good with no plans of returning to make time for other touristy spots to visit next time to come back - this wasn’t one of those for us. We fully plan on coming back and taking friends and family with us when we return to Victoria. We can’t wait! This place is a big YES to visit!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Julie19672014
    St Ives, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic! So much to see.
    This attraction was well worth the money. So much to see and wonderful displays. They had one of London and so much detail went into these displays. I took so many photos. Well worth a visit if in Victoria Canada.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 7, 2024
  • Diane B
    Richardson, Texas76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss Miniature World!!!
    Cannot believe how cool this place is. Everyone who was visiting while I was there was having as much of a blast as I was. Crazy attention to detail and love went into all of these dioramas. Don’t miss this one if you’re in the area.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 27, 2024
  • Louise Masin Sattler
    Los Angeles, California1,462 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for kids and adults who are kids at heart!
    I absolutely loved this museum. While not very high tech- it still was worth visiting. The first exhibit was slightly “lame” but then it much improved. I adored the circus miniatures. The castles of Europe exhibit was splendid. So much detail with each and every exhibit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2024
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Mariejm
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are visiting the city with kids then you should consider visiting this museum. Some of the displays have buttons to push that make miniatures move and make it more interesting for kids. Takes only an hour and half to see the entire exhibit and see different scenes from different eras.
Written January 14, 2020
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Chaddubya77
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
I haven't been here is years! My wife and kids have never been. We ended our Xmas staycation here at Miniature World and it did not disappoint. It is my fav attraction in Victoria. They were very COVID-19 prepared. You must bring your own mask, Max 6 people in at a time and they supply you with sanitizer and gloves (even size small for the kids) because there are buttons all over the place to make airplane propellers spin, lights go off and on, trains and cars move, etc. My kids (aged 2.5 and 4.5) LOVED that part. The attention to detail is incredible. Luckily my kids missed some of the more gruesome scenes. Look closely and you can see some...not so kid friendly stuff, but really I think most kids would not notice. Ultimately it's still a great way to spend some family time.
Written January 4, 2021
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TravelDiva9090
Canada55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It was a fun little museum. My kid had lot of fun pressing the buttons to see see miniature figurines move and learned about history at the same time. There was a bit of a line up as they only allowed so many people in and had to keep a distance between groups. We waited about half an hour which wasn't bad. Gloves were required and provided at the door.
Written August 13, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, its much appreciated. We apologize for the longer than average wait but are so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed all that our little-big museum had to offer. We look forward to seeing you again!
Written August 20, 2020
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada10,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Our kids and grandkids have visited this exhibit and we felt it was time that we did. The dedication and work that went into this exhibit is mind boggling! The detail and scale of all the models was outstanding. Lots of different themes from the future to the days of knights. War exhibits from
different centuries, fairy tales and even a working saw mill which was actually my favourite.
Lots of interactive displays and good narrative descriptions. What a joy it was spending time in this exhibit.
Written October 2, 2020
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uclatraveler9
Santa Barbara, CA1,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I was concerned with the $20 per person price tag that we might be disappointed, but this was incredible! My three year old loved all the interactive buttons she got to push to make trains move, drawbridges lower, etc. I could have spent all day inside! The detail and variety was amazing.
Written March 10, 2023
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Elizabeth C
Baarn, The Netherlands133 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This place is overpriced, so expensive just to see some of manufacturers which are old, dusty and visible fake. There are others places like this where the manufacturers has high quality for sure. It’s an enjoyable visit only if you have children because they can have fun there exploring and visiting around. Not worth it. Not recommended at all.
Written August 30, 2022
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Gurpreet A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
I was utterly enchanted by miniature world and already regret not spending longer in there. The amount of detail on the models within is genuinely incredible as is the frozen in time 70s kitsch of the whole museum. Easily Victoria's best kept secret.
Written October 19, 2021
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a place for model enthusiasts of all sorts to gawk and sigh with delight. The spectrum of displays is amazing. We had two railroad model enthusiasts take around 3 hours to peruse the collections and they liked all.
Written October 23, 2021
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edwin f
Toronto, Canada769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Although the 1st part, Space, looks a bit unreal, the remaining are pretty detailed and realistic. It features world war II, cross Canada rail (with dimming lights simulating day and night), castles, mansions, knights, fairies and a lot more, more than 1 hundred displays. They are of different scales, the larger scale has detailed facial expressions while the small scale has hundreds of figures. If you like to look at each display in details, you can spend more than half a day.
Written May 21, 2022
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Anne0014
Canada118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Our family really enjoyed our visit to Miniature World! My husband and I visited 12 years ago and we knew we had to take the kids to see. It was just as fun this time around. The exhibits are so detailed with a wide variety of themes to keep the attention of everyone. The admission staff was friendly and ticket prices standard. The building was clean and although old, it was well maintained.
Written August 18, 2021
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