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A journey to the frontiers of childhood, theatre and dance

The only museum in France devoted to this living art, the Puppets of the World Museum today has more than 2000 puppets and over a thousand castle sets, accessories, posters, programmes and manuscripts.

Built around the original Guignol puppet created in Lyon in 1808, the collection has been enriched over the years.

To give its rightful place to the emotional side of this living art, the museum accompanies the presentation of this exceptional collection with audiovisual aids in the rooms, archive film footage of shows and educational slide shows.

There are also contributions from contemporary puppeteers in its audioguide, in the museum’s little theatre and in the exhibition rooms.

Tadanobu Sato

Tadanobu Sato

Une marionnette imposante à découvrir dans la salle Marionnettes d'Afrique et du Japon © musées Gadagne / Xavier Schwebel


musées Gadagne
1 place du petit Collège - 69005 Lyon
Tel. : 33(0)4 78 42 03 61

Opening hours :
Wednesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 18.30

Information : 04 78 42 03 61

Reservations : 04 78 42 03 61
Monday in Friday of 10 hours at 12 am and of 14 hours at 4 pm.
Closed on Tuesdays mornings

Entrance fee :

Only ticket allowing to reach the museum of history of Lyon, the museum of the arts of the puppet and the temporary exhibitions.

Museums: 6€ / 4€
Museums (during temporary exhibition): 8€ / 6€
Night: 5€ / 3€

Free entry for under 18 year-olds, job seekers, disabled people and their companion