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Miniature Park
A model of a burning house at Bekonscot, UK
Part of the one-ninth scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
Acting models of airliners and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Madurodam
Model trains in Swiss Vapeur Parc

A miniature park is a display of miniature buildings and models, usually as a recreational and tourist attraction open to the public. A miniature park may contain a model of a single city or town, often called a miniature city or model village, or it can contain a number of different sets of models.

History

There is evidence to suggest the existence of private model villages and miniature parks since the 19th century, but it was only in the 1930s to 1950s that the genre became tourist attractions.[] Early examples include Bekonscot in the UK and Madurodam in The Hague.[]

Variations on a theme

Most model villages and parks are built to a consistent scale; varying from 1:76 as used by the intricately detailed Pendon in England up to the 1:9 scale of Wimborne Model Town.

There has been a move away from the model village concept since the mid- to late 20th century towards a miniature park concept.[] Model villages are typically larger-scale, sit in a cohesive miniature landscape and allow viewing and physical interaction with the exhibits, such as publicly accessed streets and urban areas. Miniature parks however, are primarily concerned with the display of exhibits in their own right, viewed from a distance. Model railways, rivers and roads may provide a continuation between miniature parks exhibits.

List of notable miniature parks

Europe

Austria

Belgium

Denmark

France

Germany

Italy

Netherlands

Lower Silesia Monuments miniature Park, Kowary

Portugal

Russia

Slovakia

Spain

Switzerland

Ukraine

An overview of the Babbacombe Model Village

United Kingdom

North America

Canada

Archetypal replica of a German village at the Germany Pavilion in Epcot, Disney World

United States

Asia/Pacific Region

Australia

China

Jambi Pavilion in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Indonesia

Japan

Malaysia

Thailand

Middle East

Israel

Turkey

Swissminiatur

References

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