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Museum of Miniatures

When I was a much smaller child I once went to the Museum of Miniatures in Los Angeles. MoM for short. I was soooo excited to go, imagining all the microscopic things that could possibly be held in such a place. Would I find a hairbrush the size of an ant? A teeny tiny kettle? A wee car?

It turns out it was a museum with miniature houses and scenery…though they were probably an impressive feat, they were not quite what I was hoping for.

Decades later, my dream of seeing random objects in miniature has come true in Prague!

In the top photo is called Train on a Hair. It is a train on a single strand of hair.

Before you look through the rest of the photos, here are a few things I learned from the museum:

  • One of the biggest struggles is finding the right tools to create these miniatures. This alone may take years.
  • Tools and materials are often metallic to avoid issues of static.
  • Obviously, slight (and natural) movements of the hand are hard enough to control, but another is the pulsing of ones blood. Micro miniaturists work between their heartbeats.

Enjoy!

This is the world's smallest microbook. I swear it was legible, but taking pics through the lens of a microscope isn't easy!
This is the world’s smallest microbook, complete with illustrations. I swear it was legible, but taking pics through the lens of a microscope isn’t easy!
This one is called Zoo. They are a collection of exotic animal profiles prancing atop the antennae of an insect.
This one is called Zoo. They are a collection of exotic animal profiles prancing atop the antennae of an insect.
Left: Boats on a mosquito's wing. Right: Swan lake, on a poppy seed cut in half.
Left: Boats on a mosquito’s wing. Right: Swan lake, on a poppy seed cut in half.
Camels in the eye of a needle - check out the needle on the right side.
Camels in the eye of a needle – check out the needle on the right side.
Left: An even more detailed Camel parade in the eye of a needle! Right: A flea with a golden horseshoe, purse, scissors, and a key!
Left: An even more detailed Camel parade in the eye of a needle! Right: A flea with a golden purse, scissors, horseshoe, and a key!
Cars on the leg of a mosquito.
Cars on the leg of a mosquito.

2 Comments

  1. red red

    These are literally microscopic!!! Never seen. Thank you for sharing. Yes, also experienced similar miniature displays of European room settings at the Art Institute of Chicago. All so very beautiful.

  2. Eve Eve

    Wow, is all I can say!

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