It’s a Big Small World?

IMG_0517.jpgIn its 16th century, arcaded building and galleries clad in pink, the Maison des Avocats (House of lawyers) is a beautiful Renaissance building in Vieux Lyon, and home of the Musée International de la Miniature et Décors de Cinéma. The museum is the work of Dan Ohlmann, miniaturist artist and founding director.

This museum contains an amazing array of exhibits, movie sets, props, costumes, latex masks and prosthetics, monsters, robots, models, matte paintings, and dozens of miniature interior scenes. Some of the movies / TV series that comprise this collection include Indiana Jones, X-Men, Matrix, the Mummy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Terminator, Babylon 5, X-Files, 3 musketeers and many, many more.

Le collectionneur de Brooklyn_Miniature de Dan Ohlmann
Photo © musée Miniature & Cinéma

Of the images below are many I made of the miniature sets that are behind viewing windows, and generally 1/12th to 1/18th actual size or smaller. Each scene was within a small area only about the size of a small microwave (though a bit deeper). The detail was remarkable, and far smaller than the photos indicate. Note: in the photo to the left, the size of the hand for reference.

The Museum was an intriguing visit behind the scenes of some well-known movies, as well as an opportunity to roam through a beautiful example of medieval architecture. It was far more interesting than we had thought it would be.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lovely. I had to google climate of Grenoble for a refresher as I was surprised to see the palms in one photo and the snow covered Alps in the next. Thank you my friend.

    1. Somehow I managed to comment on the wrong blog page, silly me. By the way, I was unable to access the Belgium post you submitted on 5/20/15. The links could not be found…

  2. Incredible. Amazing pictures.

  3. Beautiful and lots of interesting things. Keep seeing all you can. It is a wonderful experience for you and Jeannie. Blessings!

  4. It just keeps getting better and better!

  5. Fascinating! Such Detail!

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