About the Museum
Within an area of 400m² inside the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to Louis de Funès, the man and the artist, come explore in great detail the life and work of one of the most famous comedians in the world. Featured inside are hundreds of items relative to his career, his personal relationships and his diverse awards received for extraordinary contributions to the world of cinema. The museum was designed to be a pleasant and engaging moment for families and individuals alike; immerse yourself through the various posters, film sets, puzzles, and audiovisual media showcasing iconic moments of France’s greatest comedian.
A museum for laughter, learning, entertainment at the heart of De Funes’ universe !
More than a museum
More than 350 outstanding object
More than 350 documents are on show: personal photographs, footage and films, drawings including some by Louis de Funès, letters such as those from Jean Anouilh, but also film clips, some of which are unknown. Discover Gérard Oury and Louis de Funès in 1949 in Du Guesclin! as well as clips from other iconic films: La Grande Vadrouille, Le Corniaud, La Folie des Grandeurs, Le Grand Restaurant, L’Aile ou la Cuisse... shown on televisions of the era but also on the big screen, discover the famous choreographies of Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob, Le Grand Restaurant and L’Homme orchestre.
In the footsteps of Louis de Funès
The telephones scattered around the museum makes it feel as if Louis de Funès himself is there. You can listen to him telling anecdotes, stories and confessions about his life and work. Visitors are immersed in this temple dedicated to the actor, where they can replay scenes and find gags of his films...
For the kids
As they discover the museum, children can enjoy various games based on the actor’s films with illustrations by Stephan Zimmerli, artist, architect, set designer and musician, founding member and artistic director of the Moriarty group.
They already love the museum
To dedicate a museum to Louis de Funès is to reverse decades of dissatisfaction. More than anyone else, Louis de Funès is the popular actor. By his success (never denied), because he speaks to the body (through laughter) as well as the soul, because he has until now been denied the sesame of cultural legitimation. (…) In one way, de Funès is a singular genius, a force set apart, difficult to define, but this has allowed him to carve out a place for himself in the collective imagination, to become a social phenomenon. It would take pages to fully explore this mystery full of pleasure, childhood, nostalgia for Sunday evenings and mirror effects between a people who watch and a man who plays a part. (…)Nicolas Mathieu
Fernandel was from Marseille. Bourvil forever provincial. De Funès is national. He speaks to us in our lowliness, our aggressiveness, and our fragility too. And to finish, I leave you with a mystery. To my knowledge, Louis de Funès has never played the role of a son. This orphan had no choice but to be loved.
When the museum in Le Cellier closed, our family received many messages from people feeling disappointed that there was no longer anywhere in France dedicated to my grandfather. I had no immediate answer to give because to create a museum, you need a beautiful collection but also and above all, to meet the right people who know how to find a way out of a dead end, how to transform an inevitable closure into an unexpected opening. We had the collection. We met the right people at the right time. Nicolas Bouzou, co-author of my last book, introduced me to the Town Mayor, Frédéric Masquelier, as well as Grégory Bozonnet, his Chief of Staff, who were immediately interested in the project and instrumental in its implementation. The team then introduced me to Clémentine Deroudille, who immediately made me feel confident that the museum would be cleverly thought out, entertaining and elegant, just like my grandfather was. Our whole family is delighted that this museum is now in Saint-Raphaël and we are sure that the public will be too.Julia de Funès
He would be glad to know that every time one of his films is broadcasted, it’s a huge success. He would be happy to have his museum. In this business everything is forgotten, we must remember De Funès. The younger generation must know who this extraordinary man was who made France roar with laughter and they are not so numerous to have done it. He founded a genre that has always been scorned by elites and movie buffs. It took years, years, years for comedians to be rewarded at the Césars. It was a magnificent actor, to dedicate a museum to De Funès is great.Michel Drucker