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Lyon’s Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Miniatures collection

The permanent collection is unique in France and features more than 100 ultra-realistic miniature scenes. Created by European artists, these works go beyond performance to become visual mirage boxes whose startlingly-realistic scenes bring back memories and evoke nostalgia.

Miniatures by
Dan Ohlmann

All of Dan Ohlmann’s ultra-realistic scenes can be found in his museum in Lyon, the culmination of 20 years of creative passion.

A former woodworker and interior designer, Ohlmann builds his miniature scenes with a single goal in mind: to invite viewers to discover or re-experience different settings and environments from everyday life. From a charming 1980s artist’s loft to a depressing prison interior, not to mention the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture of the famous Maxim’s-de-Paris restaurant, Dan Ohlmann reveals the poetry that imbues every place that’s charged with history and real-life experiences.

Whether it’s a hushed Zen temple in Japan or a Lyon weaver’s workshop, the miniaturist constructs each of his evocative works based on hundreds of photographs and measurements taken at the original location. After this long and meticulous research, creating the miniature perfectly to scale requires months of hard work that combines precision and practical skill.

Dan Ohlmann draws the observer into their own adventure, an astonishing trip to another dimension.

Miniatures by
international artists

From Charles Matton to Alan Wolfson, and from Ronan-Jim Sévellec to Michel Pérez, Laurie Courbie and Françoise Andres, these talented miniature artists from all walks of life each express themselves in their own unique styles.

Numerous exhibition halls are dedicated to the different professions involved in the art of miniatures. Whether it’s woodworking, instrument-making, metalsmithing or leatherwork, these skilled artisans surprise us with their mastery of many crafts.

Carved eggs, micro-cut paper, origami, sculptured matches and many other master demonstrations of patience and dexterity are presented in the performance hall.

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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