If you’ll someday happen to walk down the 60 Rue Saint-Jean in Lyon, France, visit the Museé Miniature et Cinéma or “the Miniature and Cinema Museum” that is found inside a beautiful 16th century building. It was founded by the artists Dan Ohlmann and it showcases his two main passions consisting in the art of dioramas and the art of film sets and special effects.
Ohlmann gathered inside his museum over a hundred of miniature scenes that include thousands of pieces of small props: a Zen temple in Japan, a Lyons weaving shop, a school classroom. All the elements were built to the scale of 1:12 by Ohlmann himself and also by other artists from around the world.
Detail is the word that describes best this museum because if it wasn’t for their size, one could swear that all the elements are original.
Another section of the museum hosts the artefacts of the owner’s other passion consisting in movie special effects. There are over 300 props and objects: film sets, costumes, models, prosthetic make-up, fake animals, robots, monsters and aliens. The collection includes even original pops from successful movies such as “Gladiator”, “Aliens”, “Independence Day”, “Minority Report” and more.
There can also be found delicate pieces such as chiseled eggs, micro paper art, origami and sculpted matches, which are the proof of patience and skill.
This incredible museum opened its doors in 2005.