This weekend, while celebrating a Canucks victory with actual Canadians in Victoria, I also had the pleasure of visiting Miniature World, a museum of "over 80 exciting miniature dioramas." Exciting indeed! Through thousands of miniature people, cars, buildings, and anything else you can imagine, visitors learn about Canada's history, see scenes from beloved fairy tales, and wonder why and how the fuck anyone found the time and energy to paint, glue, and handcraft all these tiny little things into a bunch of giant and impressive displays.

Miniature World does not make sense, but I am very glad it exists.

Some displays have trains running through them, others have cars that move around or lights that turn on and off. Some displays go from day to night. There are tiny guns shooting out tiny puffs of gun smoke; tiny cows eating tiny pieces of hay; tiny people walking the tiny streets of London in the early (and tiny) 1900s. Miniature World also houses the smallest operating sawmill in the world! It can make chopsticks, basically. Fire codes prevent the sawmill from being operated while on display at the museum, but you get to see it in action via a video filmed sometime in the 1970s.

Here are a bunch of other things you'll see in Miniature World:

A GIANT display of tiny castles!
  • A GIANT display of tiny castles!

A tiny scene from World War II!
  • A tiny World War II!

A tiny and old Toronto!
  • A tiny and old Toronto!

A tiny nude model (with not so tiny pubic hair) being painted by a tiny artist!
  • A tiny nude model (with not so tiny pubic hair) being painted by a tiny artist!

Tiny worms wearing even tinier bonnets!
  • Tiny worms wearing even tinier bonnets!

AND SO MUCH MORE. Miniature World is a magical place. And it's just a few blocks away from where the Victoria Clipper docks in Downtown Victoria. Go! Now!