Musée des Marionnette du Monde

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The Musée des Marionnette du Monde is a well crafted museum that provides visitors with a deeper appreciation for the art and significance of puppetry.

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1 Place du Petit-Collège
69005 Lyon, France


+33 4 7842 0361

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Visitors receive a two euro reduction if they purchase a ticket for Musée des Marionnette du Monde and Musée Historique de Lyon at the same time.


Situated on the same premises as the Musée Historique de Lyon, the Musée des Marionnette du Monde (formerly known as the Musée International de la Marionnette) is also part of the Gadagne museum. Even if you don't plan on visiting the Musée Historique de Lyon,  or the Musée des Marionnette du Monde , the beautiful Renaissance building which houses the Gadagne museum is worth a visit.  Entrance to the forecourt of the museum is free of charge. Here you can admire the romantic walkways and balconies of the buildings central court.

For those who wish to venture on and visit the Musée des Marionnette du Monde , it really does make for an interesting visit. Brought to life by the Lyonnaise silk worker Laurent Mourguet, the Guignol - France's famous puppet - took to the stage in the early 1900's, creating a prevailing form of satirical  theatre that is still popular in Lyon today. The museum endeavours to highlight the cultural, social and artistic wealth puppetry has to offer, from both France and around the world.

The museum is divided into rooms which include; the Lyon Guignol room, the traditional French puppet room, the Paris Guignol room, the French shadow and paper theatre room, the Italian puppet room, the Asian puppet room and the African and Japanese puppet room.

Entrance to the museum is priced at 6 euros for adults (for one museum) or 8 euros for access to both Gadagne museums. Children can enter for 4 euros (one museum) and 6 euros (both museums). For metro access to the museum; take line D to Vieux Lyon station.

Located within the Gadagne museum, this museum's exhibit is all about France's best-known puppet - Guignol, created in Lyon in 1908 by the silk worker Laurent Mourguet. Mourguet was the inspiration behind Lyon's satirical street theatre, thanks to his three creations - Guignol, Madelon and Gnafron, who poked fun at the forces of law and order and the king. The museum depicts the evolution of Guignol and Company, both through their performances and the ways in which they were made. Additional puppets from around the world are also on display.


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