Taiwan – Miniatures Museum of Taiwan (袖珍博物館)

Admiring the intricacies of the doll house

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.

Some exhibits at the entrance

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.

The “Rose Mansion” – a Victorian-era building

Wild Wild West

Study Room

Playroom

Fantasizing …

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.

Peering Through the Window of Fantasies

Cinderalla

Snow White

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.

Amazing details …

The World’s Smallest Chanel

Inside a Bakery

Dear Santa, I’ve really been very good this year …

A Dining Room

Miniature means small. But some of the miniatures in this museum are big and grand. Don’t believe? Check out the photos below.

English Castle

Royal Army

Royal Army

Buckingham Palace

Gigantic Room boxes

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:

Opening Hours:

  • 10:00-18:00 daily. Closed on Mondays

Admission:

  • NT$180 / Adult
  • NT$100 / Child

Directions:

  • 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

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The Playdome at National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

The PlayDome is a new creative platform by the National Museum of Singapore (partnered with Playeum, The Play Museum) for children aged 3 and above. It encourages children to express their unique voices through meaningful and fun play activities based on their visual inspirations and experiences drawn from the galleries and objects found in the museum.

This inaugural event was held from 14 May to 26 June 2011, which happened to be the last day of the Mid-Year holidays. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too crowded when we were there at around 11am. I guess most people may have already visited the place and we were probably one of the last few? LOL.

This exploratory space consists of dedicated zones, where children get to play with props, materials and get really hands-on in creating original art works inspired by the collection in the museum’s Living Galleries and its iconic Dome.

First, we went to the “Gardens @ The PlayDome”, which was an open field at the back of the Museum (facing Fort Canning Road). Here, the participants were encouraged to exercise their creativity by drawing on a transparent disc with a pre-drawn arc. Below are 2 photos of my children exercising their creativity … 😉

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Alycia and her creation

Be prepared to dirty your hands

Next, we went to the “Black Box” where the children were introduced to the traditional practices in films, wayang and fashion. Here, the children learned about Singapore’s culture and history. There was also a giant kaleidoscope where my kids had a lot of fun creating beautiful patterns with props such as clothes, sharps and even their own bodies.

At the Wayang Play Stage, the children got to colour the wayang face masks. They were supposed to understand the meanings of the colors, shapes and lines on the wayang faces. But I guess they were so excited that they just wanted to have fun and ignored all these painting guidelines. Well, kids are kids, right?

The kids had a go at the traditional puppet show

Finally before we left the Black Box, the children got to play and interact with historical footage of how our ancestors spent their childhood. The children would interact with the film and their interactions were recorded and played back on a TV 30 seconds later. Seeing themselves on TV was probably more amusing than watching the footage itself.

2 and 1/2 D Cinema

Of all the exhibition halls, my kids were especially interested in “Happy Hawker @ Sensory Studio”. Here, children can make their own pretend food and peddle them in makeshift stalls. My kids spent almost 2 hours in this hall alone, making roti prata, satay, tok tok mee, etc. It’s definitely a new experience for them to learn how Singapore in the 70s was like.

Enjoying a sumptuous tok tok mee prepared by the kids

The Sun Deck was a small outdoor space on Level 3 and parents were encouraged to use this reflective space to relax, recharge and even engage in some quiet activities such as reading. There were many dome-inspired shapes in this space. The installation with the wheels was one of them. The wheels could be gently spun around by children. Unfortunately, my children didn’t really enjoy the Sun Deck and we were out of this area in less than 10 minutes. ;-(

Sun Deck Reflective Space

Just outside the blackbox was an area where you could draw freely on a blank paper your wishes for the museum. The paper was then pasted on the glass wall and the kids were very satisfied when they pasted their creation on the wall personally. LOL!

Clarissa drawing her wishes for Singapore

Since the PlayDome was created as an exploratory space for children’s voices, naturally there were a lot of drawing opportunities for them to express their imagination. Level 2 of the museum was another area where the children could put down their wishes for Singapore and then fold it into a box. These boxes were then stacked onto a huge Singapore map.