“The greatest little show on earth,” Miniature World is a museum of toy battle scenes, model trains and dollhouses at Victoria’s Empress Hotel.
MINIATURE WORLD REOPENS
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Miniature World closed for a number of weeks in the spring of 2020. However, the venue has since reopened. Masks and physical distancing are required inside.
For more information about the status of the attraction, and to read about other safety precautions that are in place, see the Miniature World website.
Miniature World at the Empress Hotel
Victoria’s Miniature World is a fantastic museum that’s both fun and educational. It’s a great place to visit for both children and adults alike. Want to see a smile on your children or grandchildren’s faces? Then take them to Miniature World!
Location and Hours
Located at 649 Humboldt Street on the north side of the Empress Hotel, this museum is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Victoria just a block from the Inner Harbour.
This attraction is usually open daily from mid-September until mid-May from 9 am to 5 pm, and during the warmer months usually from 9 am until 9 pm. The only day of the year it’s closed is Christmas Day.
As of August 2021, costs for admission before taxes are as follows:
- Adults – $18
- Youth (ages 13 to 17) – $11
- Children (ages 5 to 12) – $9
Children ages 4 and under are free. Discounted rates are also available for groups of 5+ guests paying on the same bill.
You can also buy an annual pass which expires at the end of the calendar year. As of August 2021, an annual pass costs $45 for adults, $30 for youth and $25 for children.
If you’re planning on visiting multiple times a year, an annual pass is the way to go. And as you can see, it’s not too expensive compared to some other attractions.
Miniature World Exhibits
Miniature World is home to over 80 display cases featuring miniature scenes from fairy tales, literature, cities and battles in history.
As of summer 2021, the display entitled “Space 2201 AD” is their newest and most extraordinary exhibition yet! It features sounds, lights, and ships floating as though they’re flying through space.
The museum also has a wonderful model railroad depicting the Canadian landscape from coast to coast from years ago, large intricately detailed dollhouses, a model city with a visiting circus, and displays about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Whether you’re into dolls, castles, fairy tales, toy soldiers, airplanes, history, circuses, model trains or nursery rhymes, this attraction has a little of something for everyone.
For more information on the museum, check out the Miniature World website.
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