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Lyon’s Musée Miniature et Cinéma

The art of miniatures

Miniatures, an ancient art that’s more than 4000 years old

A brief history of miniatures

The art of miniatures has been around for a long time. Even the ancient Egyptians created thousands of miniatures some 4000 years ago that modern archaeologists are now discovering in their tombs. These miniatures were made to provide an exact depiction of the aspects of daily life that the deceased person had cherished the most: his pottery workshop, his fishing boat, his farm animals, his home and family. All of these objects, sculpted on a small scale, faithfully represented the things dear to them during their lifetime. Burying a person with these miniatures was a way to ensure his happiness in the next life.

Miniatures exist in all cultural traditions and in every country in the world. Whether painted on ivory in China, sculpted out of earth in Peru, or carved out of wood and placed into bottles in France, they represent images that are full of meaning for human beings.

Didn’t Victor Hugo write that an image is stronger than reality?

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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