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Automates Avenue

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Bd de la Liberation, 14700, Falaise France
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

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Tick off the best bits of Normandy in one day on this private tour from Bayeux. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you marvel at the famous Bayeux tapestry, then follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Rollo in historic Rouen. After lunch (own expense), continue to Caen, where highlights include the Abbaye aux Hommes and William the Conqueror’s Castle, then take a tour of the magnificent Château de Falaise.
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Stephenbkk20156 wrote a review Jan 2020
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions298 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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BobbsieB wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom82 contributions12 helpful votes
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..
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Date of experience: August 2019
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JollyJuggler wrote a review Sep 2018
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom23 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Kathryn N wrote a review Aug 2018
Horsley, United Kingdom141 contributions63 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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stetme wrote a review Aug 2018
Orleans, France29 contributions2 helpful votes
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...
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Date of experience: August 2018
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