Miniature World

#14 in Best Things To Do in Victoria & Vancouver Island
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Key Info

649 Humboldt St.

Price & Hours

CA$16 (about $12) for adults; CA$10 (about $8 for kids 12-17); CA$8 (about $6) for kids 5-11
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Miniature World continues to delight the young and the young at heart with its numerous tiny worlds. Sitting just a short walk from the Inner Harbour, this interactive museum houses dozens of miniature displays and dioramas. Follow the model Canadian railway as it travels across the country or spend some time at the big top in the "Circus World" display. If you are a literary buff, you'll appreciate a glimpse of the world of Dickens, while time travel aficionados should check out the "Space 2201 A.D." display.

Many recent visitors praised the models' intricate details, and said to take your time as you take it all in. Reviewers said this was an excellent way to spend a few hours on a rainy day and a lot of fun for kids. 

You'll find this quirky attraction in downtown Victoria, within walking distance of the Inner Harbour and the Fairmont Empress. Miniature World is open every day, but hours vary depending on the season. Generally, the attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 5 or 9 p.m. Admission costs CA$16 (about $12) for adults and between CA$8 and CA$10 for kids. For more information, visit Miniature World's website.

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The Inner Harbour is Victoria's primary tourist neighborhood. The harbor itself – home to various fishing boats and colorful floating homes – is framed by wide pedestrian streets, often frequented by street vendors and buskers. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the sidewalks and provide the perfect locale to savor an afternoon cup of tea while keeping your eyes peeled for whales playing in the open water. The Inner Harbour also hosts some of Victoria's most popular attractions, including the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Parliament Buildings. If you're embarking on a boat or ferry tour, this is where you'll likely start your journey.

Although the majority of recent visitors recommended spending a few hours at the Inner Harbour for the view, some suggested devoting at least half a day as there is always something interesting to see and do. For an even more charming scene, return in the evening, when the Parliament Buildings are lit up. 

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