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Lyon’s Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Cinema Collection

This collection is the only one of its kind in Europe, built to honour the exceptional but little-known talents of the film industry’s most skilled artists. And what better place for it than Lyon, the birthplace of cinema?

Before the
digital age

1000m² dedicated to cinema, with a guided tour of many legendary films from the 1960s to present day.

Film sets, costumes, models, masks and prostheses, lifelike animals, animatronics, robots and monsters of all kinds, and hundreds of authentic objects lent by a wide variety of studios, museums and filmmakers to illustrate a rich cultural and educational journey.

Numerous videos and documents from the archives will introduce visitors to the astounding illusions of the industry’s greatest special-effects experts.

Models and sets create the illusion of the

City of the Future or a miniature planet, spaceship or aeroplane in flight; explosions and scenes of destruction shock and surprise; and stunning scale models and life-size sets provide the backdrop for spectacular action scenes.


Animatronics and lifelike animals

Robotic versions of existing and imaginary animals can be built to avoid risks of injury or animal abuse. They are controlled remotely by stagehands to play their role alongside the actors.

Masks and Prostheses

To make actors look younger or older, simulate wounds, or create the illusion of fantastic or ultra-realistic transformations, actors have latex and make-up applied for hours on end.




Whether to evoke historic periods or the far-flung future, costumes are a constant feature of the world of cinema, and often show an impressive degree of creativity.




Robots and monsters

The creators of fantasy and science-fiction films often use robots and imaginary creatures in their stories. Building these mechanical devices requires advanced knowledge and engineering skill.



Fake weapons

To faithfully re-enact the era when a film takes place, the actors need perfect replicas of the weapons they carried. Though made of resin, they’re indistinguishable from the real thing. They are incredibly imaginative in science fiction films.

Film studios’
exceptional talent

For the past 20 years, the Musée Cinéma et Miniature has had the honour of working in cultural partnerships with many special effects experts, filmmakers and museum curators to create the permanent and temporary exhibitions that allow the public to see iconic objects from mythical films up close.

Inspired by these close encounters, new pieces are regularly added to the collection. The pieces are usually collected right after being used on sound stages or from workshops once design work is finished.

The exhibition reveals the talented work of great designers such as Rick Baker, Stan Winston, Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., Grant McCune and New Deal Studios, as well as French designer Patrick Tatopoulos. Its instructional materials and illustration were entrusted to specialist Alain Bielik, editor in chief of SFX magazine.

Plan your visit

Ideally located in the heart of Lyon the Museum has taken residence in the famous "Maison des Avocats", an old XVI century building listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Musée Cinéma & Miniature
"Maison des Avocats"60, rue Saint Jean (derrière le Palais de justice) 69005 Lyon - FRANCE

How to get there?
Bus & Métro Ligne D (arrêt Vieux-Lyon)

Car parks:
Parkings Saint Jean and Saint Georges

Opening Times

Open every day
From 10AM to 6:30PM
***Warning: Tickets office closes at 5:30PM.***

Bank Holidays
Closed on December 25th and January 1st

Useful tip!
On week-ends, avoid busiest hours (from 2PM to 5PM)

Admission rates

Adults 9,50€ / Children 6,50€
(from 5 to 15 years old, free under 5)

Senior 8€
(over 60 years old, id required)

Reduced rate 
- Students (under 26)
- Unemployed
- Disabled (proof of entitlement required)

Family rates

Adults 8,50€ / Children 5,50€
(proof of entitlement required)

Free admission :
City Card or Carte Pass'Région

Cash, Credit card, Check, Chèque-Vacances, Chèque-Culture

Booking / Groups

Available to Schools, Charities, and recreations centres.
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