Museums in Lyon

Lyon is a city of arts. There is art in its architecture, streets and, of course, its museums. In little more than 5 hours Barcelona our AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France, you will discover one of the most amazing cities in Europe, which received the award for the best weekend getaway in Europe, in front of other major cities, like Paris or Madrid. Have you bought your tickets yet? What are you waiting for? 

Museum of Fine Arts​ 

Lyon's spectacular Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in France and Europe. Located in the centre of Lyon, next to the town hall, it was opened in 1801 and is housed in the former Palais Saint-Pierre, a convent of the pantheon.  

Half of its 70 exhibition rooms are dedicated to paintings, in chronological order. The museum's collections include more than 1,300 sculptures and more than 14000 pieces of Egyptian art, making the museum one of the benchmarks in Europe and the one with the largest Egyptian collections.


Outside of the Museum of Fine Arts

Gallo-Roman Museum​​ 

Found on Fourvière hill, near the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, this is the city's archaeology museum and a must-see for lovers of culture. A ticket will give you access to the museum and also free access to the Odeon and the Roman theatre. Its collections feature mosaics from a large number of Roman villas in Lugdunum and its surroundings.​ 

Lumière Museum​ 

Two of Lyon's most famous characters are the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, who invented a camera that could record, develop, and project film. The Museum can be found in the family home, where their inventions led to the creation of the first cinematograph, which they patented in 1894. All of their inventions are exhibited. In addition to the exhibition halls, you will find different film screening rooms and publications about cinema. 

Outside of Lumière Museum

Gadagne Museum​

The Museum is found in an excellent Renaissance palace, in the heart of the city. There are 2 museums in one:

  • The city's History Museum. It exhibits a large number of works and objects related to the history of Lyon, its ancient remains and social evolution throughout history. 
  • The World Puppetry Museum. It features a huge collection of puppets from different parts of the world and a part related to one of the most famous Lyonnaises puppets: Guignol

Museum of Confluences​

Found where Lyon's two rivers cross, Saône and Rhône, the Museum of Confluences is a natural history museum. In its more than 3,000 square metres with permanent collection exhibits, including unique objects, such as the Choulans mammoth, the masks of the Noh theatre, a reproduction of Sputnik 2 and a particle accelerator. 

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