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Victoria and Vancouver Island Sights

Miniature World

  • 649 Humboldt St. Map It
  • Downtown

Updated 05/09/2012

Fodor's Review

At this charmingly retro attraction, more than 85 miniature dioramas—including space, castle, fairy-tale scenes, and one of the world's largest model railways—are housed in kid-height glass cases with recorded narration. The level of detail is impressive in the models, some of which date to the site's 1969 opening. Some of the models are animated and you can start and stop trains and turn dollhouse lights on and off with push buttons. Most people walk through in 30 minutes, but dollhouse collectors, model-train builders, and preschoolers can be absorbed for hours.

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Fairmont Empress Hotel, 649 Humboldt St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1A6, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • C$12
  • Mid-May–mid-Sept., daily 9–9; mid-Sept.–mid-May, daily 9–5

Updated 05/09/2012


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Dec 8, 2008

If it's right for you - you'll love it!

The Fodor's profile nails its audience - small children and model aficionados. If you fit anywhere near either of these categories, you will absolutely love this "museum" and will easily spend an hour or so at it! The displays are absolute masterpieces! It's a little pricey if you think about it too much, so don't think about it. Focus more on the kids' reactions and it'll be worth the price!

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