NileGuide Expert Says:
Visit this museum to be absorbed in the aesthetic appeal of life in miniature, and visit the outdoor court area to see Renaissance galleries of great architectural beauty.
60 Rue Saint-Jean, Lyon, France
04 72 00 24 77
NileGuide Expert tip:
Musée des Miniatures et décors de Cinéma is located on Rue Saint Jean; a tourist hotspot in the centre of the Old City. From the museum's central location, visitors have easy access to a multitude of must-see attraction in the World Heritage zone.
What is it that's so fascinating about life represented in miniature? One man who must have the answer is Dan Ohlmann; artist and creator of the Musée des Minatures et Decors de Cinema. Located on Rue Saint Jean
in the heart of Lyon's World Heritage zone, Dan Ohlmann has created a museum dedicated to all that is tiny. With 120 contemporary and historic miniature scenes of various scenarios, it's not just the extensive content that keeps visitors captivated; it's also the level of artistry and fine detail that has gone into creating a snapshot world in miniature - getting to feel like a giant for a few hours is just an added bonus!
The museum also includes media about how special effects are used in cinema and there are a number of movie props that have been famed by their appearance on the big screen. An additional bonus of The Musée des Minatures et Decors de Cinema is the building it is housed in. As you walk from Place Saint Jean - at the end of Rue Saint Jean - look to the left as the lovely red and pink hues of Maison des Advocats (house of layers) emerge from the cobbles, signalling that this must have been a Renaissance edifice of some great importance. In fact,the original building was a public house for merchants during the 15th century and was later beautified by the addition of the Renaissance galleries; the most eye-catching aspect of the building. The courtyard area below the Florentine galleries is a lovely place to sit and get lost in romantic imaginings of a by-gone day, or you might even find yourself pondering about the aesthetic qualities of tiny little chairs and tables, and the strange appeal of wine glasses no bigger than your little finger!
The Musée des Minatures et Decors de Cinema is open every day from 10am until 6:30pm, and until 7pm during the weekend. Adult entrance is priced at 7 euros and children and students can enter for 5.50 euros.