After a crazy shopping at Chia Te Bakery, we quickly dropped our bags of tarts in the hotel and rushed for our next destination, the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan (袖珍博物館) before it closes at 6pm. The museum, which is located at the basement of 台証金融大樓, turned out to be surprisingly good. It has a good collection of miniature doll houses, famous architectures and scenes of fairy tales. Like a teleporter, entering the museum brings one into the magical fairy tale of Snow White and Gulliver’s Travels, just to name a few.
I like the way the museum is organized. Low benches are located strategically to allow younger children to have a better view of the displays and be intrigued by the incredible details of the replicas. This is a museum run by passion as every single detail was carefully planned and taken into consideration. As I was told, the owner, Mr Lin Wen Ren, roams through the museum regularly to make sure that everything is in order.
There are many impressive collections in the museum, from famous infrastructure such as the Buckingham Palace to the old streets of London to the magical world of Hans Christian Anderson. Regardless of your age, this museum is bound to have something that will bring on a smile to your face. Adults will appreciate vivid details of the display and children, on the other hard, will be mesmerized by the creativity of the replicas. My kids enjoyed the fairy tales the most; stories such as Cinderella and Pinocchio resonate well with them.
Despite me being armed with a DSLR, I don’t think I am doing the museum any justice with my photos. There is the smallest working TV in the world that is barely the size of a Singapore dollar coin. If you look at each display carefully, you will also notice that even the smallest details such as newspaper, forks, spoons and coffee-tables are not spared. You have to see the intricacy in person and be amazed by the delicacy of the works.
Miniature means small. But some of the miniatures in this museum are big and grand. Don’t believe? Check out the photos below.
I am not somebody who loves museum nor miniatures but this museum is definitely worth a visit. I went with a low expectation and came back pleasantly surprised. If you have a couple of hours to spare, this museum should be able to bring back the 5-year-old kid in you. 😉
Useful Information – Miniatures Museum of Taiwan:
- 10:00-18:00 daily. Closed on Mondays
- NT$180 / Adult
- NT$100 / Child
- MRT to Songjiang Nanjing (松江南京)
- Walk towards 南京東路二段 and turn right onto 南京東路二段
- Walk about 5 minutes until 建國北路一段 and turn right again onto 建國北路一段
- Walk about 5 minutes to reach Miniatures Museum on the right