Lyon pays homage to this art form with two museums. Our favorite was the “Guignol Little Puppet Museum” ( the other one being “The a Museum of World Puppets next to the “Museum of Lyon History”). It’s wide collection of puppets depicts the process of making puppets in France since 1804.
The name “Guignol,” created by Laurent Mourguet, was modeled after a poor silk factory worker who found that his style of slap-stick performances were more rewarding than his chosen profession. “Guignol” became the main character in Mourguet’s French puppet shows. Mourguet soon became one of the world’s greatest puppet masters.
Located in the heart of Old Lyon, the “GuignolLittle Puppet Museum” was opened in 1995. While small in size, it is full of the history of how puppets were (and are still) made and how they work. Since Lorraine had used a puppet back during her professional clown days, we found visiting this museum fascinating.