One of the world’s top ten miniature museums is located in Victoria Canada. There are eighty-five exhibits here covering world history, Canadian history, fantasy, fairy tales, and even future space exploration.
I loved the nostalgic look at the circus coming to town!
There are dioramas depicting castles in England,
and Canadian cities in the past.
Many exhibits depict the frontier history and development of Canada.
The museum has the world’s smallest working saw-mill which took eleven years to make,
and one of the world’s longest model railways.
These miniature worlds were created by George Devlin over the course of his lifetime. The museum opened in 1971 and George continues to expand it to this day.
Cheers to you from Victoria’s fascinating Lilliputian World~
So happy you enjoyed & cheers to you~
How very unique!
It is one man’s passion of a lifetime which makes it even better~
I must go to see this place! I had no idea it was there. I love miniatures. Have you been to Madurodam in the Netherlands? It’s quite amazing. Also Canberra has one called Cockington Green.
These are amazing. All the time I lived on the west coast and I never visited this!! Honestly.
I believe it and there is still time! It is sort of tucked away. I love the world of miniatures and have been here a couple of times. My husband visited for the first time on our recent trip~
The details are amazing ☺️😍
I barely scratched the surface. They are extensive English castles and many fairy tales including King Arthur & The Knights of the Roundtable. I was probably most interested in the frontier history of Canada. All the major cities are depicted.
Sounds absolutely amazing! I’d spend all day there 🙂
You are like me! 🙂
For sights like this especially ☺️
Thank you for the kind appreciation!
I love these, how detailed and colorful!
Cindy, my pictures are on https://inesepogalifeschool.com/
You are a multi-talented person, Thank you for the link! I am now following you there as well~
Simply wonderful imagery.
So happy you enjoyed. The world seems more manageable in miniature doesn’t it!
Fascinating and very interesting – thanks Cindy.
Thank you more for the thoughtful appreciation~
Awesome photos,Cindy. 🙂
Happy you enjoyed them & cheers Ranu!
The amazing part is the amount of fine detail.
Absolutely. I agree. There are 85 exhibits, all with this extraordinary attention to detail and working parts. Trains that run, lights that turn on, mills that saw, fairies that fly. It’s amazing!
What a lovely view of this interesting miniature world. Thank you Cindy 🙂
Merci beaucoup mon ami~
Oh you found the little people. Well done. 🙂
“Give the little Lilliputian man in the street what he wants”
“Whats that ?”
“Little Lilliputian women”.
Keep taking the tablets. 😀
Fantastic models. Great photos.
A working miniature saw mill ??? Fascinating. Looks like we all need to spend more time exploring Canada. Love this one, Cindy. ❤️ 💛 💙 💜
Yes. The more I travel in Canada, the more I realize I want to see!
I remember the model village of Wimborne from my childhood. I felt like a giant (at 6) walking over the houses. Great post.
I saw one somewhere near The Cotswalds a long time ago. I know there are more in the UK and I have to come back to see more of them. I love all of them, but the one’s you can walk through really do give one the feeling of being a walking giant!
Very impressive and amazing!
One man’s lifelong passion led to quite a lasting accomplishment.
I live in BC but haven’t been to see that museum yet. Wonderful photos. 🙂
It is always interesting for me to see a tourists view of where I live. I never fail to see something I haven’t seen. You have so much beauty in BC, I can understand that you can’t see all of it.
The detailing is amazing!!
If you like miniatures which I suspect you might, you would really love this place. So much of the machinery and electricity work. It is amazing.
I fell in love with them back as a kid when my parents took me to Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA. It set off a frenzy of trains, model building, etc. Dad and I built everything from buildings to landscaping. A lot of fun.
I knew it! I think it is a amazing art form and your dad sounds wonderful. I can tell those are treasured memories. I would love to do a miniature house but I resist the impulse because I already spend too much on my full sized house! I could do a fairy garden though…….hmmm…
There you go, great idea!
This is amaizing and beatiful
It is and the man who created all this deserves lots of kudos!
Amazing, so precise in the details! Thanks for sharing…
Can you imagine, the saw-mill saws sticks into planks!
I can’t imagine the hours of work that went into each piece, let alone each scene! It has to have been a labor of love, or no one would have done so well.
The artist has spent his life building these worlds. 85 of them! I bet he’s a happy person.
What a wonderful life’s work, Cynthia.
Loved the images…
This is exactly what I think. I would love to meet the man who has created such an amazing legacy.
WOW!!! Thank you for sharing this – they look so life-like!! What fine craftsmanship!
There is so much more I couldn’t include all of it. The interiors of houses and castles with every minute detail is quite remarkable.
That’s pretty cool. The nearest thing I’ve seen to that is Madurodam in the Netherlands, and that was back in 1980. I didn’t know Victoria had one.
I have never seen the Madurodam except in photos. I would love to see it. I did see the dollhouses in the Rjicksmuseum and they blew me away. Incredible!
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Hugs to you my friend~ <3
Very cool! I would love to see that.
It is amazing to see in terms of scope. It is a huge Lilliputian world!
Fun!! Thanks Cindy 💛
You are most welcome~
Thanks for sharing it’s fantastic.
Merci beaucoup mon ami~
I love these, Cindy, and marvel at the work that goes into them. The intricacy is amazing.
I agree with you on all points~
Amazing what they do with those Dioramas, Cindy, lovely photos.
Glad you enjoyed Leslie & cheers to you~
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The world in miniature courtesy of Cindy Knoke who is sharing images fo the Lilliputian world in Victoria, Canada.. such exquisite detail…
The miniature houses and castles were such amazing replicas. Lots of fun to browse here. Cheers & hugs to you Sally~
Such attention to detail must have taken years to build.. thanks Cindy.. goodnight. hugs
Absolutely amazing. Miniature ‘anything’ appeals to me.
Your photos the exhibits are excellent too.
Miniature worlds fascinate. me too. We look at them and gain a different perspective on our lives~
It’s a Small, Small World La Petite Elite 🙂
Thank you for this link. We will visit. Sounds fascinating!
Super… califragilisticexpialidocious … I know you know what I mean! How fab to see this in person. Great post, Cindy.
Cheerio Resa and I Know you know what I mean. Hugs to you my friend~ <3
This is a wonderland. I love the small word. I could spend time looking at small details for each one of them. I am sure those who love to do model train would love to see model trains running in there too.
So much working machinery from lights and trains to machines. Amazing!
So glad you think so & thank you!
Wonderful, almost I am persuaded to be a Canadian. ~~dru~~
Yes, I know what you mean! 🙂
It is a place you can browse for hours……
Wow! It takes a steady hand to craft such small pieces.
It makes my hand start to wooble just thinking of it!
So charming – you can get totally lost in these dioramas.
Easily, and there was so much more that I didn’t have room to post. The houses were remarkable~
I’d never heard of this amazing museum. Thanks for sharing some of my Canadian culture here Cindy. 🙂 And I’m surprised they allow one to take photos.
There were some glass challenges but thank goodness they allowed photography. This man’s artistry deserves some recognition!
Wow, how generous. And yes, I can imagine how the glass would present some sort of a problem, but you nailed it. Nobody would have known different. 🙂
I love this! Beautiful, amazing, and truly awesome…I’d never heard of this museum before. Thank you for sharing!
I wish you could see the whole thing. The fantasy and fairy tale worlds were stunning!
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Beautiful and breathtaking…this is one amazing museum! All that’s missing is Gulliver…bound and tied.
They had Gulliver and the Lilliputians! This is not my photo which I cannot attach to comments, but here is an unknown person’s photo of Gulliver from google:
Oh, I love that! Perfect!
Gulliver’s Travels was always one of my favourite books when I was a kid…this is great!
Thank you for sharing it, as well!
I loved everything Swiftian too!
It’s all wonderful…..I especially like the working sawmill….it could be staffed by some reformed termites who have resolved to go straight…..
They are required to go to TA meetings 3x’s per week………..
LOL! Termites Anonymous!
They only have plastic furniture at the meetings……..
Great! Thank you very much.
Very glad you enjoyed and thank you!
I would love to get lost in the land of the little! These miniatures are amazing!!
Did you ever read ‘The Borrowers’ books as a kid? They were about tiny people who lived in our houses, hiding. I was addicted to these books as a kid, so I could get easily lost in the land of the littles with you!
No, but you’ve piqued my interest, I may have to check them out!!
Just watch the Japanese movie ‘Arietty.’ It is the most artistically beautiful movie I have ever seen and it is about The Borrowers~
OK, but I’d still love to read the books!
They are great fun~
This man has done some very beautiful, intricate work. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Thank you for appreciating his artistry & cheers to you Lavinia~
Don’t know how we missed that in Victoria, Cindy. It will be on our itinerary next time! Thanks. –Curt
There is so much more to see then my few photos. I think you will be impressed~
This brings back so many childhood dreams, I can’t even begin to count… 🙂
Yes, happy memories of hours spent in imaginative play!
Truly amazing! Thank you for sharing! There’s a museum here in New Zealand that’s very similar – I think it grew out of the owner’s modelling hobby. I’m struck by the stylistic similarities in many ways – I guess both Canada and NZ were part of the same ‘Pacific Frontier’.
Interesting both in terms of the parallel history and the hobbies that grow into lifetime achievements!
Now that’s an amazing diorama! Cindy, how do you manage to find these just about everywhere you go? Is there a guide to dioramas somewhere? I can tell that all these scenes took a lot of work but wow, that bustling urban city scene on top… that ambiance is just right!
There was so much more that I couldn’t include. Replicas of castles and houses with highly detailed interiors. I love miniatures, so I do keep my eyes open for them, but this one I just happened to walk by! Hope all is well with you Lynn~ <3
I love little villages like that. Other countries have some too, they are just so fascinating with all the tiniest details. A joy to visit. These look all so real. Beautiful!
Europe has a lot of them. It would be fascinating to visit them wouldn’t it.
This truly is a ‘life’s work’.. amazing! x
Interesting where this man’s passion and talent led him. He has created an ever expanding mini-universe replete with outer space!
Absolutely amazing and truly ‘out of this world’… x
A otherworldly mini-world! Glad you enjoyed~
Thanks – I did! x
Beautiful mini world Cindy, thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you more for appreciating Irene & cheers to you~
I’m ‘Lilli’ fascinated with the Land of the ‘Purrrrfectians!’ ✿♬ﾟ+.(｡⍲‿⍲)♪.+ﾟ♬✿
I love that name! ✿♬ﾟ+.(｡⍲‿⍲)♪.+ﾟ♬✿
Those are AMAZING! :O)
The details in the replication are striking aren’t they~
so beautiful these mini world
thnak you so much for sharing
I am happy you enjoyed and hugs back 2UX2!
This is incredible artistry, Cindy. Thanks for sharing!
It is impressive work isn’t it. The artist created his own little world!
These are great, Cindy! I’d have loved seeing that working railroad, too (Domer was a BIG fan of railroads when he was a kid!). Must have required so much patience to put together these miniatures.
Yes, patience and a lifetime. The scope of the Lilliputian worlds are extensive. It takes up multiple rooms and there are 85 detailed exhibits.
That is so cool! I’d go crazy in a place like that…I love miniature things. The saw mill is incredible!
You and be both! I head there everytime I go to Victoria and there is always something new~
We went to the miniature railroad museum in Pt Richmond. It’s cute and detailed but not as perfect as the ones you’ve shown here.
I love seeing all of them. They all are exceedingly charming!
Wow, the details are impressive, so real. :0 This remind me the one I saw was the mini train stations in SD.
Yes, in Old Town. We both posted on it and marveled about it!
This is a unique and fascinating view of life! Great documentary, Cindy 🙂
That is it for the Canada series I’m afraid, but we just drove into Utah, so we’re sure to see something interesting!! There is always something around the corner after all~
Fascinating displays, especially the sawmill. Such craftsmanship.
I agree with you & thank you too!
You are showing such wonderful parts of Victoria, including our miniature world 🙂 GREAT to see it, Cindy! <3
Well it is a wonderful city on an amazing island so it is easy and fun to do!
veramente spettacolare! anche in Italia abbiamo riprodotti molti bdei nostri bellissimi monumenti in miniatura, ma qui sono spettacolari le riproduzioni anche dellpambiente
Che meraviglia! Ci torneremo in Italia nel mese di Aprile. Vi chiederò più presto al nostro data in cui potremmo vedere alcuni di questi.
Wow. I had no idea. My hands hurt thinking of all the teeny-tiny and painstaking details.
Fascinating to see, though. Thank you Superb photos.
Yes, more fun to browse than to actually make each tiny little detail!
Fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing, Cindy. 🙂
You do visit the most extraordinary places, Cindy. This is wonderful.
Thank you Mandy. I have visited several times because the artist keeps adding new exhibits~
So happy you enjoyed and cheers to you!
Loved all the photos Cindy – especially the circus coming to town. A working sawmill? Amazing. Thanks so much for the picturesque tour 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the amazing mini-worlds & cheers to you!
This is fantastic. At first I even thought it were real cities and landscapes 🙂
I adore this post. The crafting to create this fabulous museum is impressive. Thank you for taking me on a trip to see the Lilliputians. <3
The dioramas are amazing… and the rest of course. 🙂
Amazing! Anyone can fell in love with it 🙂
Impressive displays tininess . If you ever need to kill some time in New Mexico, check out the Tinkertown Museum http://tinkertown.com
Hi Cindy, I remember seeing these a few years ago when we were out there and they are just so unbelievably detailed and accurate in their composition. Loved the pics. Hugs, Cuz. 🙂
Hugs back to you and so glad you have been here cuz! Hugs back to you~
Very pleased you enjoyed!
Fantastic, Cindy. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 — Suzanne
Thanks for sharing this!
Thank you more for the kind appreciation~
You amaze me! Just ten minutes watching you take photos haha
Hugs to you and happy weekend~
amazing and awesome 🙂 thank you Cindy —— hugs and blessings
Back to you times two Tanveer with hugs too~ <3
peace and love Cindy dear for you
Sedning both back to you! Peace & love is what we both want for this world~ <3
yes Cindy that’s what needed most
They make beautiful images
Thank you! Suprisingly they worked considering they were taken through glass in sub-optimal lighting.
But the lighting is good. It wasn’t midday was it? And it sure wasn’t cloudy either
It’s inside and a tad dark~
Wow! Those are amazing! He is so very talented! Thanks for sharing that 🙂
He is amazingly talented and he allows us to view our communal lives from quite a different perspective which I love!
Wow! Amazing effect of a stupendous effort. As a kid, I and my sister had a doll house that we would used to put sundry things in and pretend they were objects we imagined. This is definitely worth a visit. Some day…
It is definitely worth a visit, and yes all the grown up kids who used to play with dollhouses and model trains will be transported here back to those imaginative days of childhood~ <3