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Musee Miniature et Cinema, Lyon

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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 world travel 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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  • This was a really great museum. It takes about an hour to visit all the rooms. It's in a huge building that has many floors to visit. I really enjoyed my visit there. It was one of the most interestin...  more »
  • It's easy to be reached in the old city area, being actually in a building of several floors. Lower floors are for cinema stuff (scene setting, objects used for several movies, history, explanations a...  more »
  • Really, really enjoyed the museum. Good explanation on special and visual effects, costumes and masks. Most of the museum is on cinema, last 2 floors on miniatures. Captivating! M Ohlmann is a real ar...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Well worth the money. Beautiful lifelike miniature rooms and amazing movie props like a huge model from the sf movie Event Horizon and the queen Alien. Also lots of x files stuff and costumes. Unexpected surprise and a must see if you are in Lyon and love either miniatures or movies.
  • The museum has an incredible collection of movie art, beginning with amazingly detailed sets reinstalled from the movie Perfume, as well as plenty of sci-fi and a host of miniatures on the top floor. Held in a medieval courtyard house which is itself a local sight. Definitely worth a visit!
  • This place is amazing. So much better than I expected. A huge range of movie props and costumes and the detail in the minatures is inredible. They even have one of the full scale Alien mothers from the movies. Spent hours in here, well worth the ticket price.

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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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