In the heart of Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon), one of the Gadagne museums, devoted to the art of puppetry, reveals a world of performance, illusion and emotions. Through an interactive and participative visitor trail, prepare yourself to leave the role of spectator and step into the shoes of a puppeteer.

In the ‘city of Guignol’, more than 300 puppets and other objects share a unique space that immerses visitors in the world of puppet shows. Guignol – Lyon’s most famous puppet – is the star and main theme of the trail.

Did you know that the world’s oldest puppet was found in the Czech Republic and is thought to date back to 25,000 BC?

Puppets can be scary, amusing, surprising and educational; they have fulfilled various roles and functions in different ages, cultures and contexts.

How is the illusion created? Discover a puppeteer’s workshop, where you are invited to explore, touch, dismantle and reassemble, as you delve into the daily work and lives of these extraordinary artists.

It will then be your turn to take to the stage! A puppet theatre is provided to perform with a puppet of your choice. Professionals help and advise the budding puppeteers as they create their scene!

This is a family-friendly, history-filled and educational museum, suitable for young children and anyone curious about or interested in the performing arts.

Find your inner puppet!