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“A hidden treasure”
Review of Miniature World

Miniature World
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US$169.87*
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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus
Ranked #15 of 188 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

This place is a must see for model train and doll house enthusiasts but also provides historical information for visitors to Canada. The displays are quite interactive, allowing visitors to push buttons that in turn cause trains to move or other parts of the exhibit to do something. There is a very interesting video and scale model of a working lumber yard and realistic depictions of early settlement in Canada. The displays are not in chronological order which makes the history a little difficult to follow but they have obviously been lovingly created and there is a certain ingenuousness about them that is very appealing. There are also imaginative and fantasy sections that would captivate the minds of children and some beautiful elaborate doll houses.

Thank Deb T
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

This place was amazing! They covered every interest possible in miniature. There were interactive displays as well as static ones and the detail was amazing on all of them. The family spent a couple of hours in this place and could have spent longer if we would have not been on a schedule.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

This is an amazing collection of mini dioramas, but somewhat overwhelming. Spend time on the first part, more detailed, unless you are mostly in to doll houses and fantasy scenes like King Arthur legends, which come at the end. Especially loved the historic scenes and geographic/historic huge diorama of the history of Canada.

Thank K H
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MiniatureWorld, Public Relations Manager at Miniature World, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2015

Hello KH,

Thank-you for your 4 star review of Miniature World! Awesome!

We’re glad to know you enjoyed our historic scenes plus The Great Canadian Railway!

It’s important to clarify the reasoning behind such a vast array of miniature displays. As an attraction, our curbside appeal must extend to all ages, cultures, and miniature enthusiasts. With over 80 displays split into themed areas, we’re able to provide an environment that offers something for everyone. As you mentioned, you did indeed find certain scenes that inspired the historian within, while appreciating that others may prefer the World of Dollhouses, or King Arthur’s Camelot. A suggestion for the future would be to return for a repeat visit. This would reduce the sense of overwhelm, giving more time to explore our land of smallness, a section at a time. Another great idea is to visit either in the early morning, or, later evening. These times are less busy for those individuals who prefer a quieter environment during their self-guided tour.

It’s always a treat to read a review that states our dioramas are an “amazing collection!” These kind words are a wonderful source of inspiration, and provide travelers with the knowledge they require before visiting Miniature World in beautiful, Victoria, B.C..

We’d love to see you again!

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Reviewed 27 June 2015

We happened to come across this when we were strolling around Victoria and decided to give it a look and it was so much better than we expected! All age groups would enjoy this since the exhibits range from historical scenes to fairy tale depictions and the detail in each of them is outstanding.

Thank Redlyn522
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

I hate writing negative reviews, and I have long-struggled with this attraction. I know young children (under 5) love it, and older people love it (over 70?), but most others seem to have the view I do.... what is this and why I am here? I think it is a hold-over from the era where just going to a city and experiencing it wasn't enough, where the point was to go to attractions, not to experience different cuisine, climate and culture. Perhaps an era where finding "THINGS TO DO" was more important than exploring, and structure was important. So perhaps it is a great relic, and should be preserved and viewed... just don't expect anything interactive, or even the ability to get close or take a good selfie... :).

3  Thank MandyJ2012
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MiniatureWorld, Public Relations Manager at Miniature World, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2015

To MandyJ2012,

While we’re always appreciative of trip advisor reviews and open to constructive criticism, your observations are vague, inaccurate and need correcting.

Actually, people of all ages enjoy our miniature masterpieces. With over 80 displays and a variety of themed areas, we’ve been a much loved attraction in Victoria for over 44 years. We’ve recently expanded, opening a new section called “ Camelot” which depicts 11 new scenes that explore the reign of King Arthur.

Other newer displays include a beautiful, hand-painted carousel that rotates around at the push of a button, plus a Car Rally that houses many shiny, classic cars. Some of these cars have certain features whereby pushing a button gently rolls a car forward, or, opens the hood to see an engine. In fact, many of our displays include interactive features like buttons or people motion detectors that set off trains, gondolas or amusement rides. Other buttons start up plane propellers, activate a trolley or double decker bus, help Jack cut down the beanstalk, move a sword out of a lake, set off a jousting match, open a castle door, plus so much more. I’m not sure how you could have possibly missed the multitude of buttons available for all, so to say “don’t expect anything interactive” is a completely false statement.

To say “most others seem to have the view I do” regarding our attraction is entirely incorrect. Please take a moment to read other Trip Advisor reviews about Miniature World to understand why we’ve been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for three straight years. Also, take a peek at our 4.5 star rating to realize that your statement holds no truth.

Finding things to do in Victoria is still an important factor for many people planning their vacation, giving relevance to both indoor and outdoor experiences. You can explore a new city in many different ways, doing many different things. Really, it’s personal choice, or what interests you that plays a role in scheduling travel activities.

I disagree with calling us a “hold-over” from another era. Our continued success as a viable, updated, Victoria attraction shows that your statement bears no truth. Our newer displays add a more up-to-date look, which in turn, keeps our attraction fresh with new creations, while still embracing our much-loved older exhibits.

You also wrote “that you cannot get close to the scenes.” This is somewhat accurate. The only thing between the visitor and the various displays is plexi-glass. Plexi-glass surrounds each scene to preserve quality and prevent potential damage. In fact, many museums, such as the Royal B.C. Museum, have sections of items behind plexi -glass for the same reasons.

The kind of workmanship involved in miniature making requires the finest artists from around our beautiful city and beyond. Did you know Circus World took four years to create and 13,800 man hours of labour? Or, that our latest, greatest adventure, “Camelot” was a three year labour of love? Understandably, not all individuals are aware of the time, labour or artistic talent involved in miniature making which is why it’s important that we share these details. Having said this, giving us a 1 star rating, and not really explaining the reasons of why you dislike our attraction makes no sense. If you have constructive criticism regarding a miniature display inside our attraction, please let us know, but to not like us based on wanting to experience other things like cuisine, climate and culture is quite unfair. While we appreciate not everyone likes miniatures, the choice to enter is yours and yours alone. If miniatures do not interest you, why did you choose to go through our attraction?

With the above explanations, I’m hoping you’ll re-think your views about our well-loved attraction and be able to give us a thumbs up rating in the future.

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