It attracted many thousands of visitors, and in 2003 a world-renowned Swiss collector offered to sponsor a new and bigger museum. As a result the collection moved to a sixteenth century building, Maison des Avocats (Lawyers’
House) a UNESCO world heritage site. In February 2005 the museum opened and Dan’s entire miniature collection, plus dozens of creations from around the world, found a new home. It includes a permanent department devoted to the arts and techniques of film, including special effects.
There are over 100 miniature scenes which show incredibly realistic daily life settings, and over 400 props and artefacts in their film exhibition, the only one in Europe focussing on special effects techniques. Apart from the sheer beauty of these displays, they are considered to be an educational aid in discovering the magic behind the greatest film studios.
There are five floors to explore, covering 2000 sq. metres of exhibition space.