The World's Greatest Miniatures

Just came across the incredible Futura CDMX, a sprawling miniature model of Mexico City, and it reminded me of some of the other mind-boggling miniatures we have in the Atlas. Like the New York Panorama:

and the Scale Model of Shanghai:

Miniature things are just the best. What’s your favorite miniature display in the world, city or otherwise? Tell us in the comments below, and if you have any terrific images of your miniature, show us! Your response may be used in an upcoming article on Atlas Obscura! Let’s get small!

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Oh I have a whole list of miniatures!


Guatemala’s Mapa en Relieve looks like it would be amazing to view in-person.

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OH! And the @Dylan favorite, The Mississippi River Basin Model!

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-mississippi-river-basin-model-jackson-mississippi

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I mean nothing beats the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death! Tiny perfect mysterious murder dioramas!

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You can’t forget Northlandz!
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/northlandz

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Here in Los Angeles we recently discovered an amazing miniature of Hollywood Boulevard created in the 1930’s as part of a series of works depicting LA County, and we partnered with the non profit restoring the work, Hollywood Heritage to see the miniature up close! Come check it out. https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/hollywood-miniature-magic-may-2019.

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When I was a kid in Maryland the 1970’s I remember our elementary school taking a field trip to visit the (awesome!!!) epic, humongous Chesapeake Bay Hydraulic Model. I just read that it was only open for a few years, so I feel very lucky to have gotten to see it.

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The documentary Marwencol tells the incredible story of Mark Hogencamp who built an extraordinarily detailed world based on his memories of WW2, as described in this PBS news story:

Jeffrey Brown talks to Jeff Malmberg, Producer-Director of “Marwencol”, a documentary that takes viewers into one man’s elaborate fantasy world. After being severely beaten in 2000 and losing his memory, Mark Hogancamp began to find refuge from his reality in an alternative world he created for himself. In his new town, called “Marwencol”, Hogancamp’s alter-ego would play out elaborate scenes.

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I saw them when they came to the Renwick Gallery in DC. Fantastic stuff.

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago was an absolute delight.


Image from the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago website

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Speaking of Chicago, the Thorne Miniature rooms at the Art Institute blew me away:

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I’ve heard of this collection and was very disappointed I didn’t get to visit! :cry:

And let’s not forget Madurodam, an entire miniature city in the Hague!

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Queen Mary’s Dollhouse at Windsor Castle in the UK. It’s huge and was all custom made.

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