June 21, 2011
The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan is the first museum to collect miniatures in Asia. It was founded in 1997 by Mr Lin Wen-ren and his wife. Mr. Lin and his wife enjoyed buying little houses and toy cars for their children while traveling for business purposes. While in Netherlands, they discovered miniature art and were deeply attracted. They began buying accessories, furniture, and assembled miniature houses. At the same time, the couple participated in auctions and joined international miniature art associations. They began planning a museum in 1993.
There are several magnificent original roomboxes in the collection that features tiny model roomboxes within the roombox. Another roombox is modeled after a children’s play room and features a tiny working model railroad. Yet another unique roombox allows you to “switch” between two roomboxes. A switch controls a mirror which projects the lighted image of one or the other roombox for you to see. We see one roombox that features a miniature working LCD television that’s broadcasting a show for the tiny occupants to enjoy.
The collection of miniature sport and luxury cars and automobile signs is also impressive.
Miniatures originated within German palaces of the 16th century as tools for teaching aristocratic children, but appreciation for the art form did not pass to other parts of the world until much later during the 19th century.
Bear’s Kingdom is a section of the museum devoted to handcrafted clay bears with personalities contributed by friends from all over the world.
With a remarkable collection of roomboxes and dioramas of various scales, the Miniatures Museum is a magical miniature world come true and one of the best experiences in Taipei.