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Fun Magazine, September 2002
By Priscilla Chen
Taiwan's Miniatures Museum transports you in time and
space. You can visit the fairy tale worlds of Snow White
and Jack and the Beanstalk, stroll along romantic river
ways of Venice and Shanghai, or experience ancient wonders
of the Roman Empire.
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. Today,
miniature masterpieces are found throughout Europe and North
America covering a wide range of subjects, from complete
settings to intricate accessories of tableware and wall
paintings. Reproductions tend to follow a 1:12 standard
scale of accuracy, or half scale at 1:24.
Taiwan's Museum is the first to specialize in contemporary
miniatures and features two basic formats: "doll house"
and room box with cut away views. It is ranked second in
the world, boasting a collection of nearly 200 items. Founder
Lin WenRen and his wife traveled tirelessly through Europe
and the United States to source each item at great expense.
The miniature Rose Mansion, based on a 19th century Victorian
residence in Los Angeles lost to urban renewal, was constructed
by Reginald Twigg to preserve a memory. It is regarded as
a hallmark piece because of its precise detail and surreal
beauty. The miniature Buckingham Palace is the most valuable.
It was created by the renowned British miniaturist team
of Kevin and Susan Mulvany and took three years to finish.
The grand Palace setting is a faithful rendering complete
with regal interiors, royal guards, peasant dwellings and
the King's treasure box.
Each miniature masterpiece combines old world artistry and
contemporary craftsmanship for a feel of days gone by. But,
a glimpse inside these tiny castles and mansions can spark
the imagination and prompt your own fairy tale dreams and
Museum of Taiwan
96, Jian Guo N Rd., Sec.1, B1
Tel: (02)2515-0583 Fax: (02) 2515-2713
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am -6 pm; Mon closed
Tickets: Adult NT$180, Special NT$150, Children NT$100