The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan
(Chinese: 袖珍博物 )is the first museum to collect miniatures in Asia
. The museum was founded on March 28, 1997 by Mr Lin Wen-ren and his wife. It is located in Taipei
Mr. Lin and his wife enjoyed buying little houses and toy cars for their children while traveling for business purposes. While in Netherlands
, they discovered miniature art and were deeply attracted. They began buying accessories, furniture, and assembled miniature houses.At the same time, the couple participated in auctions and joined international miniature art associations. They began planning their museum in 1993.
The logo of the museum comes from "Rose Mansion", one of the museum's most famed collections. Chosen as one of ten most significant miniature art works of America in twenty-five years, "Rose Mansion" consumed Dr. Reginald Twigg almost four years to complete.After his elaborate research and study the once famous architecture has been brought back to life as you now see in the museum. The logo represents delicate, real, dream-like, romantic, and historically correct nature of miniature arts.
Taiwan's museum is the first to specialize in contemporary miniatures and features two formats: "doll house" and room box with cut away views. It is ranked second in the World
, with a collection of nearly 200 items. Founder Lin Wen-Ren and his wife sourcing each item while travelling in Europe
and the United States