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When you think of miniatures, you might think of models, toys, and dollhouses, but in the French city of Lyon, there are miniatures that come with a huge sense of style and grandeur. They’re the miniatures at the Musee Miniature & Cinema a specialized museum comprised of two parts. One section features incredibly lifelike miniature scenes created by artists from around the world, and the other is home to cinematic props and costumes.

The miniatures are scale models of real places.

The miniatures are scale models of real places.

To get them right, artists spend countless hours measuring spaces and making them into smaller models. This miniature shows a famous Parisian restaurant.

These artists focus on every last detail.

These artists focus on every last detail.

Miniatures are also traditionally used in movies, especially in the ones that were made before the advent of digital imaging.

Miniatures are also traditionally used in movies, especially in the ones that were made before the advent of digital imaging.

Here’s Dan Ohlmann, museum founder and miniature artist.

Here's Dan Ohlmann, museum founder and miniature artist.

He’d been building and exhibiting miniatures in small shows for a while, and when he grew tired of that, he set up this museum.

Aside from astounding miniatures, the museum is also home to a number of famous film props.

Aside from astounding miniatures, the museum is also home to a number of famous film props.

Here’s a little model from the movie Stuart Little.

These costumes are, from left to right, from the films Lincoln, The Three Musketeers, and The Last Emperor.

These costumes are, from left to right, from the films <i>Lincoln</i>, <i>The Three Musketeers</i>, and <i>The Last Emperor</i>.

There’s also an animatronic dinosaur on site.

There's also an animatronic dinosaur on site.

The robot from I, Robot lives here, as well.

The robot from <i>I, Robot</i> lives here, as well.

As does the prosthetic worn by actor Ron Perlman in Hellboy.

As does the prosthetic worn by actor Ron Perlman in <i>Hellboy</i>.

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In all, the Musee Miniature & Cinema is home to 100 intricate miniature scenes. To see the astounding detail in the miniatures, some of the displays are fitted with magnifying glasses, and the cinematic section features 300 iconic props.

You can see many more of the museum’s strange and fascinating objects by checking out their website. Also be sure to keep up with upcoming exhibitions on Facebook and TripAdvisor.