Family visit to the wax museum The life of the Saint Curé d'ArsFamily visit to the wax museum The life of the Saint Curé d'Ars
©Family visit to the wax museum The life of the Saint Curé d'Ars|Daniel Gillet
More than a visitA meeting

The life of the Curé d’Ars by Grévin

Whether you consider the village of Ars-sur-Formans a pilgrimage destination or a tourist attraction, we invite you to push open the door of the Musée de Cire La vie du Saint Curé d’Ars and come and meet this extraordinary character!

Grévin in Ars? The Grév'Ain Museum!

Relive the atmosphere of yesteryear as you walk through life-size settings. Through 16 scenes and 35 wax figures, discover the most memorable moments in the life of an extraordinary man, Patron Saint of all the world’s priests. More than a visit, an encounter!

A unique immersion experience

You’ll move through life-size sets from yesteryear and relive moments from history. Each of the 16 scenes will surprise you with the realism of the 35 wax figures specially created by Ateliers Grévin. You’ll be captivated by the powerful spoken and written words, and admire the haute couture costumes. It was created in 1994 on the initiative of a local resident: Mr. Boireaud. To stage the key episodes in the life of the Curé d’Ars, from his 3rd birthday to his death in the village of Ars, he drew on his own writings and personal accounts. For the sets, he called on craftsmen from the village and surrounding area. A masterpiece! A precious, emotionally-charged heritage that leaves no one indifferent. At the end of the tour, a small area is dedicated to the work of the Curé d’Ars after his death, and the importance of his legacy.

Prior to your visit to the wax museum, you’ll find an area dedicated to recreating the life of Jean-Marie Vianney in its historical context, from his birth in 1786 to his death in 1859. Here, you’ll relive major local, national and international historical events. You’ll learn what life was like in the Dombes region at the time, the movements of thought and religious doctrines that plagued the region and the world. You’ll also understand how the Curé d’Ars may or may not have been influenced in his vision of the world and his pastoral care. Use the sound boxes to listen to the story of the pilgrimage and its impact on the village. Children can reconstruct a model of the Basilica of Saint Sixtus, and discover its architectural evolution.