Musee Miniature et Cinema, Lyon

See exquisite miniatures and learn about movie special effects at Musee Miniature et Cinema, housed in a 15th-century architectural masterpiece. Inside the Maison des Avocats (House of Lawyers), you’ll find miniatures carved in minute detail. The museum is the brainchild of Dan Ohlmann, a cabinetmaker with a passion for detail that led to a career as one of the leading miniaturist artists in the world. Over 100 miniatures display hyper-realistic scenes of everyday life, such as a local market, a bedroom, or a salon complete with bookshelves and teacups. Continue to the second floor where you'll see the artists at work. Watch as a miniature takes shape under the steady hand of these resident artists. If you’re hungry for more magic, then don’t miss the film special-effects exhibit displayed in the other half of the historic building; the dynamic displays and reenactments reveal the trickery behind the camera. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Lyon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Musee Miniature et Cinema and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Great experience, not only because I'm a huge movie fan (and you can experience a lot of displays and special effects), but also because I love watching the tiny objects (such as shoes or pastries sma...  more »
  • For lovers of cinema, a must-see Museum in Lyon. Places are simply magical, there are props, sets, costumes, and a lot of special effects in movies in 30/40 years and the highlight of the show: the Alien Queen: impressive! The temporary exhibition of the moment, Charles MATTON is superb! The price remains accessible: €9 for adults €6,50 for children. Careful, this isn't a show for children at a young age or too sensitive.
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  • The building is beautiful, the exhibits fabulous, it of a nice surprise, and don't forget to bring your children! The confusing miniatures with beautiful play of light, it takes time, at least 2 hours. At the beginning of the life-size reconstructions.
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  • Very impressive museum which massive collection of movie items and fantastic miniature sets. It does not relate to Lyon however it worth a visit. Can you believe attached photos are miniature? Go check the museum!
  • This is one of my favorite museums I've ever visited. Plenty of movie props and their context. None of them are fake, but the most amazing thing to see were the mini sets. If you place your phone camera near the opening the perspective is perfect to look like its real.
  • Museum you have to do in Lyon. Love all the expositions ! All the details are amazing , miniatures look real. And be careful at the corner you can meet the alien queen's!
  • Loads of movie props, puppets and costumes. Exhibition is spilt into 7 zones, the last couple are miniature worlds. Some bits they recommend not taking small kids into as they are more of the horror genre.
  • We can see the actual props and creations used in diverse movies. The miniature museum part is also very well made. It is like 2 museums in one. Allow 2 hrs, all day if you read everything!

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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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