Micro Masterpieces Gallery.

Micro Masterpieces Gallery

Field review by the editors.

St. Augustine, Florida

Sharing the a gift shop with the Medieval Torture Museum, the Micro Masterpieces Gallery is another pet project of museum owner Eugene Grach. According to museum manager Lorrie Olin, Eugene began collecting these itty-bitty artworks many years ago. "There are only seven artists in the world who can do miniatures by hand," Lorrie said, "and Eugene knows three of them." They're Ukrainian, as is Eugene.

Micro Masterpieces Gallery.

The artworks, each revealed under its own lighted microscope, include the world's smallest book, a portrait of William Shakespeare painted on a poppy seed, a fish as small as a grain of sand woven from human hair, and a caravan of camels threading its way through the eye of a needle. According to Lorrie, Eugene has amassed hundreds of these Lilliputian creations, and the Gallery displays 30 at a time, cycling in new examples frequently.

From the perspective of practicality, a collection of micro miniatures has to rank among the wisest of hobbies, while the collector who has to find space for his military tanks can only look on in envy.

Lorrie stressed that despite its proximity to the Medieval Torture Museum, there are no miniature medieval torture scenes in the Micro Masterpieces Gallery.

Micro Masterpieces Gallery

Address:
100 St. George St., St. Augustine, FL
Directions:
In the historic district Spanish Plaza. Inside a yellow building on the southwest corner of St. George and Hypolita. Entrance is on the west side of St. George St., just south of its intersection with Hypolita St. Hypolita is a one-way alley and St. George is pedestrian-only. You'll have to park elsewhere.
Hours:
Daily 10-10 (Call to verify)
Phone:
904-373-7777
Admission:
Adults $8, or $17 with Medieval Torture Museum.
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