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
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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 open the door of the Musée de Cire La vie du Saint Curé d’Ars and meet this extraordinary character!

Grévin in Ars? The Grév'Ain Museum!

Relive the atmosphere of yesteryear as you walk through life-size sets. Through 17 scenes and 35 wax figures, discover the most memorable moments in the life of an extraordinary man, Patron Saint of all parish priests in the world. More than a visit, an encounter!

A unique immersion experience

You’ll step into life-size sets from the past and relive moments from history.

Each of the 17 scenes will surprise you with the realism of the 35 wax figures specially created by Ateliers Grévin. You’ll be transported by strong written or spoken words, admire the haute couture costumes.

It was created in 1994 on the initiative of a village 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 writings and eyewitness accounts. For the sets, he called on craftsmen from the village and surrounding area. A masterpiece! A precious heritage charged with emotion that leaves no one indifferent.

At the end of the tour, a small area is dedicated to the continuation of the work of the Curé d’Ars after his death and the importance of the legacy bequeathed.

Before visiting the wax museum, you’ll find a space that seeks to restore Jean-Marie Vianney’s life 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 at the time, what were the movements of thought, the religious doctrines that tormented the region, 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.

With the sound boxes you’ll listen to the history of the pilgrimage and its impact on the village. Children will reconstruct the model of the Basilica of Saint Sixtus and, in so doing, discover its architectural evolution.