Miniature park

Bekonscot model village
Part of the one-ninth scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England

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.

HistoryEdit

 
Bekonscot, in England, was one of the first model villages to become a tourist attraction

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.[citation needed] Early examples include Bekonscot in the UK and Madurodam in The Hague.[citation needed]

Variations on a themeEdit

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.[citation needed] 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 parksEdit

EuropeEdit

AustriaEdit

BelgiumEdit

DenmarkEdit

FranceEdit

GermanyEdit

ItalyEdit

NetherlandsEdit

 
Lower Silesia Monuments miniature Park, Kowary

PortugalEdit

RussiaEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SpainEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

UkraineEdit

 
An overview of the Babbacombe Model Village

United KingdomEdit

North AmericaEdit

CanadaEdit

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

United StatesEdit

Asia/Pacific RegionEdit

AustraliaEdit

ChinaEdit

 
Jambi Pavilion in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

IndonesiaEdit

JapanEdit

MalaysiaEdit

ThailandEdit

Middle EastEdit

IsraelEdit

TurkeyEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit