Automates Avenue

Automates Avenue, Falaise: Hours, Address, Automates Avenue Reviews: 4/5

Automates Avenue
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Absolutely enchanting
Aug 2019
We read about these automata at home and decided to spend our summer in Western France so we could see them. They did not disappoint.

An unassuming, sleepy little town. Not many people or vehicles around. Clear sign posts to the place they were displayed. Parking out frint Getting there could not have been easier.

Quiet inside. We had the place to ourselves for a while. Then some families came in and it livened up.

Stunning shop window displays, made for Parisian department stores each year since the 1800s. Displayed each December then sent back to the factory, where they were stored. The factory closed and some of them ended up here. Just to be clear, these are not just fixed exhibitions for shop windows. They move!

Fairy tales. Children&s stories. Santa's workshop. A life size band stand.. No limit to the imagination here. Each display lovingly put together, carefully preserved and chock-full of enchantment.

There are a lot of automata here. Manly in shop window style, but a few walk-in exhibits. Excellent use of space. Not crowded, but a thrill every few metres as we moved around. at first, we thought the display space was small, but we still spent over 2 hours, mouths hanging over, watching each display, trying to take photos at just the right angle to catch the movement.

Left as the whole town was closing down for lunch. Minimal gift shop. They could make much more of that.

Totally enchanting. Would love to go again.
Written January 7, 2020
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BobbsieB
London, UK82 contributions
Not for everyone but we loved it!!
Aug 2019 • Family
Very creepy and fascinating museum!! Reminded me of the house of wax film. Basically you go in to a darken small cinema room and watch a spooky film which gives a bit of history on robotic toys and how they were incorporated into shop windows in the 1950’s. You then enter the museum and view some of the displays which are amazing. We loved every minute of it and wished there were more. Lovely little gift shop on the way out to! Would recommend if you are trying to fill the day after the Castle. We went with our 2 children, age 7 and 11. It cost us 22 euros..
Written August 2, 2019
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JollyJuggler
Cambridgeshire, UK23 contributions
Expecting creepy but found it to be quite interesting
Sep 2018 • Couples
I was rather imagining this to be full of rather creepy individual automata and to a degree this was the case but I actually came away with an interest in the history of shop window dressing in the grand department stores. It must have been magical to see in the early 50s when the Christmas windows were revealed and they were moving.
Written September 24, 2018
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Kathryn N
Horsley, UK141 contributions
Fascinating museum
Aug 2018 • Family
Visited the museum as something I thought our children would find entertaining and reminiscent of fenwicks Christmas window in Newcastle upon Tyne. And I was not wrong. It was great to see the history and skill involved in making the automatons and the working displays. Just would have liked a little more for the money.
Written August 27, 2018
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stetme
Orleans, France29 contributions
Not for me
Aug 2018 • Family
The museum was good but not the type for us. Without the passions for the mécaniques, I was horrified by those automates. My sons, 7 and 3 were not so fun of them neither. The video at the beginning was nearly a horror film...
Written August 18, 2018
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PeterHockenhull
Saint-Malo, France101 contributions
Lowkey museum with good souvenir shop
Aug 2017 • Couples
To be honest I expected cleverer automata and I think kids would be bored. Even Futuroscope comes out well in comparison. But for an adult it's a different view on the bygone age of much anticipated shopping experience in the early to mid 20th century. Got lots of little gifts for Xmas in the shop
Written August 30, 2017
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Jacqueline L
Barnsley, UK151 contributions
Very unusual
May 2017 • Family
We had come to the town to visit the castle and came here too. This attraction was an unusual one. After a 10 minute film that could have been scary for young ones we went to look at animated shop windows. Some were lovely, others just strange.

This was not a place I would have visited as a stand alone place, it was also probably not a teenage venue. But we treated it with irony and to be honest had a fun time, so much that our son went back to take pictures so his friends would believe him

There was no cafe but there was a toilet that was clean. There was free parking over the road from the experience
Written May 29, 2017
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Tim H
21 contributions
Early to mid 20th century Christmas window displays from famous French shops.
May 2017 • Couples
Walk down "streets" of shop windows with Christmas Shop window displays made with automation to excite children with all their wonders!
Written May 28, 2017
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Genoa25
Cheadle84 contributions
OK for children
Apr 2017 • Couples
Well its ok if you have your kids in tow, but its too trivial for adults (in my opinion). The clue for who its aimed at is in the introductory film which shows two children exploring a spooky space and coming across a chimp automation. Sadly there is no explanation or displays showing the inner workings or construction of the automations and the actual working exhibits are mostly not very good. Not for me!
Written April 13, 2017
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Ollie Foster
Market Drayton, UK17 contributions
Automated figurines
Sep 2015 • Family
If you like automated figurines from the fashionable high streets of Paris then this is for you. If you don't , then its not for you and there is a side exposition of local artist paintings.
Written August 25, 2016
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sun - Sat 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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