Musée Miniature et Cinéma is a museum in the French city of Lyon, and at five stories high, there is plenty of room for some impressive exhibitions. Funnily enough, those found there may look like a massive film set or real life room when viewing on screen, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that these are actually mini recreations of famous film sets. The hyperreal miniature film sets vary in style and design, with 100 sets in total to be found in the museum. A lot of effort goes into masterfully recreating the scenes, with a lot of lighting manipulation and painstaking attention to detail used to create lifelike sets when looking at them.
Similar techniques are used to ensure that they are as close to the real thing as possible, with craftsmen that make the real-life versions of the furniture making the smaller equivalents themselves. The curator of the museum was actually a cabinet maker himself. Dan Ohlmann, who was also an inner architect, therefore new the kind of attention to detail that would be required to pull of such a display. This is why he spent countless hours researching every aspect of a design plan before it was constructed, including visiting the sets and locations themselves. He scoured through photographs to ensure complete accuracy, and when visiting the locations he would take actual measurements so that the miniature versions are as close to the real thing as possible. Taking such care and patient for a project did mean it took a fair few months to complete the set designs, but when you see the finished article, it really was worth it. These amazing sets look exactly like the real thing, and those lucky enough to visit the museum in person can enjoy an even closer look at the sets – you are given magnifying glasses to see as much detail as possible!
Musée Miniature et Cinéma: Website