These two museums are situated in close proximity and can easily be visited on the same occasion. The Miniature Museum was opened in 1997 and offers a fine collection of miniature dollhouses and room dioramas from around the world. A fascination for miniature houses prompted Lin Wen Ren and his wife to establish the museum, which features their collection of items from various trips abroad.
The museum contains over 150 pieces and is the second largest collection in the world, featuring street scenes, a model of Buckingham Palace, a working mine, and the world’s smallest working television at just over 2cms and a 40-piece chandelier no bigger than a grain of rice.
The museum has a gift shop and is open from 10am to 6pm but it is closed on Mondays and two days before the Chinese New Year.
The Museum of Jade Art can be found in the same building and was founded by the master Burmese craftsman Soofee Hu in 2008. The idea was to create a space to teach, display and research the art form. The permanent exhibition has many intricate carvings on display and features 13 pieces of calligraphy in jade. Temporary exhibitions with various themes such as “Flowers and Human Matters”, and most recently, “Soofee Hu: Jadeite Work” are also highlights.
This museum has a gift shop and is open daily from 10am to 6pm except Tuesdays and lunar holidays. No photography is allowed.
The museums are served by many buses from all over Taipei. If you come by MRT metro, go to Nanjing East Road Station, then take the number 307 or 527 bus to Wanjing Jianguo Intersection near to where the museums are located.