The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall. The museum is on the grounds of Château de Chéverny, and was a really fun place to visit. Oliver was particularly excited as he is an avid Tintin fan, but Danica got into it as well, as she’s been watching old Tintin cartoons with Oli lately.
Disclaimer — it was really dark inside and my camera battery had died, so all I had was my phone. Hence the poor quality, weirdly lit, dark and grainy photos. Sorry about that! Oliver had also chosen that day to experiment with putting Vaseline in his hair to style it. Excuse the 50s greaser look, he got his hair cut a couple days later 😉
The museum was really well done. Amazing mockups of some rooms and scenes from the books. My favourite part was seeing Oliver’s face light up every time he turned a corner. Every time we entered another room, he would give us the background of what was going on. He was so animated, acting out scenes and really getting into the action. It was pretty awesome.
The scenes were all brought to life with sounds and lighting, which made it seem even more real. We also got to see into Tintin’s room. You couldn’t go right inside, but you could lean in the doorway to see all the treasures and costumes he’s collected on his travels, as well as catch a glimpse of Tintin himself standing on his head — but only in the mirror!
There were secret doors to open along the walls, and inside each were models of parts of the story. It was a really interactive museum, perfect to get everyone interested and involved.
There were a lot of Herge’s original panels showing the process of the drawings, which was really cool to see.
Here are a few more scenes. We had such a fun time, so glad we got the chance to visit.