Their efforts are an excellent source of new miniatures for the museum. Every year, artists from France and abroad create new pieces to be added to our collections.
Over the years, many students from a variety of modelling schools have come to the museum for apprenticeships. As they learn the basics of their chosen profession, they also participate in various yearly projects.
Lyon’s Musée Cinéma & Miniature is first and foremost a place for creating, enlivened by artistic connections, discussions and collaborations.
A giant praying mantis comes back to life before viewers’ eyes, a galleon 3 metres long gradually recovers its majestic sails… No latex sculpture can survive for more than 10 years, and it seemed that the gigantic Alien Queen would be no exception. It took many months of research to find a way to restore the latex body of this famous monster.
Every month, pirate sabres, radio-controlled robotic animals, science fiction costumes and other unusual film accessories are restored to perfect condition in the Lyon workshops.
This practice of restoring cinema objects from studios, museums and filmmaker collections enables us to frequently change our collections. Special effects experts who work full-time in their own studios often come to Lyon to consult with our restoration professionals. These skilled technicians share their artistic talent and indispensable technical know-how to properly restore these immensely valuable objects.
This is Musée Cinéma & Miniature’s way to participate in preserving cinematographic heritage.