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L'exposition permanente

L'exposition permanente


The new MAM, a unique 'Museum of France' dedicated to the art of puppetry, a museum experience to share

This new permanent exhibition brings together over 300 pieces, from the 15th to the 21st century, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

The exhibition is built around three big questions. Where do puppets originate? Why use puppets? How are they made to perform?

The MAM tells the tale of the origins of this artform, from the rituals of the Middle Ages to childhood games. These objects, brought to life, play their part in culture and society across the world: entertaining, surprising, educating, manipulating, enchanting…

Throughout the visit, there are spaces for play and experimentation designed specifically with families in mind. Discover the various stages involved in making a puppet at the workbench, then it's time to go and play – join a class at the puppet theatre!

There is also an entire room dedicated to giving visitors an immersive experience, letting them see all the inner workings of a show. Jacques Chesnais' Le ballet des étoiles (1942) will set the dance in motion for the reopening of the museum.

Not forgetting Guignol, a character created in Lyon in 1808, who will of course have his rightful place. Guignol is present in every part of the new exhibition.

This is a museum designed in collaboration with puppeteers, to create a wonderful moment to share with the whole family.

10 rooms

300 pieces from the museum's own collections or on loan from artists, contemporary theatre companies, and institutions: marionettes, preparatory diagrams and sketches, costumes, repertoire, and photographs

Extracts from numerous shows

Interviews with puppeteers

Practical information

Open from the 23rd of November 2018, Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

8€, concessions 6€. Free for under-18s.