Oh So Teeny Tiny, The Micromundi Museum Of Miniatures In Besalú

Oh So Teeny Tiny, The Micromundi Museum Of Miniatures In Besalú – Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

I couldn’t stop giggling when I came across the Museu De Miniatures (Museum of Miniatures) in Besalú, Spain. It may have been the one or two glasses of local wine I’d had along with some paella earlier that afternoon, but I just knew I’d scored one of my most weird and offbeat finds to date.

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The Micromundi Museum Of Miniatures

Set-up up by jeweller and artist Lluís Carreras in 2007, the museum features more than 5000 pieces of miniature artwork contributed by artists from around the world. Permanent exhibitions span across three rooms while temporary exhibitions are held from time-to-time in another room.

In the first room, you’re invited to introduce yourself to a “Lilliputian World” where you’ll find tiny reproductions of 19th century pharmacies and 20th century hair salons that are actually 12 times smaller than the persons and objects they represent.

In the second room, you can only see how extraordinary the miniature artwork is by examining it under a magnifying glass. This is when I my laughing fit started as each and every piece was a complete and utter surprise –  imagine my delight when I glimpsed a parasol wielding ant walking along a tightrope!

Finally in the last room, some of the pieces are 100,000 times smaller than their original – only measuring 1 – 2 mm’s in length. They’re so very small that microscopes had to be designed and adapted uniquely for each of them just so you can see elephants dancing on the point of a needle or a reproduction of the Eiffel Tower on top of a poppy seed.

The artists who so painstakingly offered the world their tiny creations have my utmost respect. Their patience, attention to detail, and quirky sense of humour completely won me over. I absolutely loved the Museu De Miniatures.

So if you’re in Besalú and want something fun and family friendly to do (or if simply like weird and offbeat museums as I do), this is quite obviously the place to go. General admission for adults is only four euros and children under 8 years of age are free.

What do you think about Micromundi Museum Of Miniatures? Do you have any tips for the area? Drop us you best tips in the comments below.

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Good To Know

1) It sad to see that the museum closed during the pandemic. We’re leaving this page up as a loving tribute, and well, things have a way of coming back into your life. Hopefully the Micromundi Museum Of Miniatures In Besalú,
Spain will be one of them.

2) If you’re looking for a place to stay in Besalú, look no further than booking.com.

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3) While in Besalú, go on a guided tour with Get Your Guide.

4) Driving around Spain on your own? Think about renting a car.

5) Needing travel inspiration to help plan your next European adventure, read some of our favourite posts.

6) If you’re travelling to Spain, be sure to check this article about 50 things you need to know before you travel to Spain

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13 Comments

  1. Wow – hard to believe that human-sized hands can create such tiny stuff. This is a really interesting museum!

  2. This is so unique! It’s amazing what human hands can do no matter how petite these things are they’re still art and are still beautiful! Lilliputian world surely depicts the reality of the 19th century and it’s very cool to see that. Great post!

  3. Such a quirky little place! Not the kind of thing I would’ve expected to find in Besalù. All three rooms were impressive!

  4. @Alexa – Thanks! It was a fun little experience. Each piece was another surprise.

  5. @Stephanie – Seems to be my mission these days. I do have lots of food posts coming up! 🙂

  6. A little bit eerie, but interesting. Who knew we could make such small things in such intricate detail? Very quirky indeed.

  7. I loved this place too… it could have easily been the wine… I drank so much, but still this place was cute and fun!

  8. @Sherry – It’s definitely quirky but really amazing!

    @Jade – I loved seeing everyone’s reactions as we each looked into the microscopes. And yes, it might have been the wine too. 😉

  9. I am actually bringing my daughter there next week. My husband and I live not too far from Besalú and discovered this Museum last year, it is actually amazing and well worth a visit. Besalú is definitely worth a visit also, it has quirky chairs made of metal hanging out of the side of some buildings.

  10. @Grainne – That’s so nice! I bet your daughter will love it – such a cute museum and the art’s so intricate. I really loved Besalú too. 🙂

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