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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…
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…
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…
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…
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...