Museums & Fine Arts

 

Lyon is home to a large selection of museums reflecting a fascinating History being in the past Capital of Gauls, of the silk industry & French Resistance. Lyon is also a city for arts lovers featuring an exceptional Fine Art Museum:

Museum of Gallo-Roma Civilization:
17 Rue Cléberg, 69005, Lyon. http://gal.erasme.org
Tuesday to Sunday - 10 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee: € 4.

Perched on the top of Fourvière Hill overlooking the Antic Roman Theatre, this museum tells to visitors how Lyon was founded together with its early history explaining how live was under Roman occupation, 2000 years ago.

Gadagne Museum of History:
1 Place du Petit-Collège, 69005, Lyon. http://www.gadagne.musees.lyon.fr
Wednesday to Sunday - 11 am to 6:30 am. Entrance fee: € 6.

Located in a magnificent Renaissance building of the Old Town, this museum gives the opportunity to visitors to learn about the history of Lyon from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. This complex also hosts the Puppets of the World Museum which features an impressive collection of puppets & “Guignol” representations, the emblematic personage of Lyon created by Laurent Mourguet.

Musée des Tissus / Fabric Museum:
34 Rue de la Charité, 69002, Lyon. http://www.musee-des-tissus.com
Tuesday to Sunday - 10 am to 5:30 am. Entrance fee: € 7.

Located in the beautiful Hôtel de Villeroy (1730) building, the Fabric Museum covers 2000 years of textile history from ancient Egyptians to nowadays’ creations with collections among the richest in the world. The Fabric Museum gives a particular attention to the history of silk manufacturing from the Renaissance to the present.

La “Maison des Canuts" / Silk Workers Museum:
10&12 rue d'Ivry 69004, Lyon. http://www.maisondescanuts.com
Tuesday to Saturday - 10 am to 6:30 pm. Entrance fee: € 6.

Located in the Croix Rousse area, La maison des canuts is a living museum which gives a very good understanding of silk workers’ life and reveals the richness and quality of the Lyon’s past silk industry. Visitors can see demonstrations of hand-operated Jacquard looms and other weaving tools. A little shop sells silk article souvenirs: scarves, shawls, ties, etc.

The Institut Lumière / Museum of Cinema:
25 rue du Premier-Film 69008 Lyon. http://www.institut-lumiere.org
From Tuesday to Sunday - 11 am to 6:30 pm. Entrance fee: € 5.

Located in Monplaisir area at only 15 min from Bellecour Square by metro (Line D), The Institut Lumière holds the very birthplace of the Cinematography. It is in this house where Lumière brothers invented the Cinématographe and shot in 1895, the first film in the history of the cinema: "Sortie d'Usine". The Institute is today a genuine Living Museum of the Cinema where any film lover can spend a whole day going through each and every exhibit.

Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation:
14 Avenue Berthelot, 69007, Lyon. http://www.chrd.lyon.fr/chrd/
Wednesday to Sunday – 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Entrance fee: € 4.

The Historical Centre on the Resistance and Deportation is housed above the rooms that served as the headquarters of the Gestapo between 1943 and 1944. Visitors, equipped with an audio-guide, are invited to enter into a universe of sound and vision to discover the history of French resistance, and don’t forget about deportation, the genocide of Jewish people and the main dark events under Nazi Occupation.

International Museum of Miniatures:
65 rue St Jean 69005 Lyon. http://www.mimlyon.com
Open everyday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Entrance fee: € 7.

Located in La Maison des Avocats in the Old Lyon, the International Museum of Miniatures was founded by the miniaturist Dan Ohlmann. It is an amazing homage to tiny things with a collection of miniature reconstructions of Lyon’s places and other attractions and sensibilities from France and other countries.

Le Musée des Beaux Arts / The Fine Arts Museum:

7 Place des Terreaux 69002 Lyon. http://www.mba-lyon.fr
Wednesday to Monday - 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Entrance fee: From € 6.

The Fine Arts Museum is housed near place des Terreaux in a former Benedictine convent of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is one of Europe's leading museums with more than 7000 square meters and reputed to be second only to the famous Louvre in Paris. 70 renovated rooms displays its rich collection of outstanding paintings from Lyonnais and other European artists, antiquities, art objects, coins and medals, sculptures, etc.

 

 
 

 

 

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