House of chaos museum

After challenging everyone to visit attractions close to home, I drove for two hours to Lyon last weekend and visited la Demeure du Chaos (the Abode of Chaos) with a friend who lives nearby (do I get half a point since it’s near her house?). Imagine the setting: a beautiful village with very posh houses and residents, then smack bang in the centre, some guy with enough money (Thierry Ehrmann) buys a large house with lots of land around it and turns it into a doomsday museum. Residents from the picturesque village of Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or aren’t happy about the museum and have been pushing to have it destroyed. I’m not sure how I’d feel if I lived next door to it, but reading the quotes on the walls and looking at the artwork of varying detail but all with strong passion made me think a lot about what’s happening in the world. The museum is open from 3pm on weekends, but we got there at midday and were too pressed for time to stay until opening, although we could have spent three hours taking in everything viewable from the outside. Below are just a few photos from the huge property (my first gallery of images in a while). If you want to check it out for yourself, go to 17 rue de la République, Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or, which is just north of Lyon centre.

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3 comments on “House of chaos museum
  1. Dave says:

    Banksy’s holiday retreat?

  2. This place is seriously creepy! I haven’t been to the museum (shame on me as I live in Lyon!) but I did see it on TV not so long ago. The inside of his house is really really weird and apparently there is a sex dungeon or something totally bizarre. The guy himself made my skin crawl but maybe that’s the way he was filmed by the TV crew? I think he also has two wifes from memory.
    Imagine if he was your neighbour!!
    Great pictures BTW.

  3. April says:

    Piglet, I do have to agree with you about the creep factor. I checked out the artist’s website but couldn’t bring myself to link to it from my blog because he was just too creepy. I’d prefer the house as my neighbour if it was a choice between that or him!
    Dave, I really hope Banksy isn’t that creepy, but who knows?

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