The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum) is located in the middle of the historic city centre in the building of a former Royal Abbey dating from the 17th century. It is called the Abbaye des Dames de Saint-Pierre.
Open to the general public since 1803 fully renovated in 1998, the Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum has one of the largest collections of art in Europe.
The five departments, covering over more than 7,000 m² and 70 rooms make it into a real art museum illustrating all the important periods in the history of art.
The department of Antiquities retraces more than 3,000 years of the history of the important ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean Basin.
The Art objects and sculpture department mixes fine arts and sculpture from the Middle-Ages to the Art Déco period.
The museum's Medal collection is one of the largest in France with more than 50,000 coins, medals, seals and lead seals.
The sculptures of the 19th and 20th centuries are displayed in the former Saint-Pierre chapel.
The painting collection offers a wide overview of European art from the 14th century till the 1980s.
All year round, the Fine Arts Museum offers large exhibitions and cultural activities for all audiences, so that they may discover and learn more about art.
Tél : 33 (0)184.108.40.206.40
The Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Renzo Piano, is located near the Tête d'Or park, at the Cité Internationale.
From its creation, the museum has opted for an original acquistions policy of temporary exhibitions, developed in direct relation with the artists or from works in their collection.
Whether for a Roller Coaster by the artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, a “Crying Wall” by Ann Hamilton, or a Salt Water Pool by Mathieu Briand, the museum transforms itself for each artistic project and thus offers a completely different visit every time. This means that the museum closes for short durations between each exhibition.
Tel : +33 4 72 69 17 17
The Hôtel de Gadagne is a historic monument located in the centre of Old Lyon. It is one of the largest Renaissance groups in the city. It combines the Historical Museum of Lyon and the International Puppet Museum. Closed for renovation until 2008, its new temporary exhibition halls will nevertheless be open from April 2007.
During this exceptional period, the museum will also offer outside its walls, city walks, family walks, and workshops for the exploration of Lyon or the world of the puppet based on the symbolic Guignol character created at Lyon around 1808.
Tél : 04 72 56 74 06
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For Lyon, "Capital of the Resistance", it was vital to create a History centre that would portray its role during the Occupation.
Built in the old École de Santé Militaire (School of Military Health), inside the buildings in which the head of the Lyon Gestapo, Klaus Barbie, carried out his ruthless acts, the Centre for the History of the Resistance and Deportation endeavours to be more than just a remembrance museum. It is an intense and symbolic place whose aim is to serve History and Remembrance.
It is a place where one is invited to return, through its continuous exhibition, to one of the darkest periods of our history. It also has a centre for ideas open, through its many temporary exhibitions, to the contemporary world.
Tel : 04 78 72 23 11
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Housed in a Renaissance building, the Printing Museum provides a unique overview of the history of books and graphic techniques, from Gutenberg to filmsetting. Now a Musée de France, it is one of the largest European museums in its field.
At the same time as its continuous and temporary exhibitions, the Museum welcomes school groups and offers the following workshops to individuals (adults, young people) all year round: typography, engraving, illustration, calligraphy, illumination.
Tel : 04 78 37 65 98
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The Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière and the archaeological site are situated on the slopes of the Fourvière hill, formerly in the centre of the Roman City of Lugdunum, founded in 43 B.C.
The museum designed by Bernard H. Zehrfuss, houses one of the richest archaeological collections in France, retracing the history of Lyon since the end of Prehistory to the 7th century A.D. It covers all the chapters of the public and private lives of an Empire capital through symbolic pieces such as the Claudian table, Coligny calendar, Vaise treasure, etc.
Tel : 04 72 38 49 30
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The Natural History Museum has rich extra-European ethnology, life science and geoscience collections, which it is currently supplementing with a department of science and technology. In 2009, the Museum will be moved to the Musée des Confluences which will use all these collections again to show exhibitions linking sciences with societies.
Today, the Natural History Museum devotes its work on temporary, entertaining and cultural exhibitions.
From 2 July 2007, it will no longer be open to the public and will offer, outside its walls, cultural events prefiguring the Musée des Confluences.
The Institut d'art contemporain was created in 1997 from the merging of a centre for contemporary art, the New Museum, created in 1978, and a Frac (regional collection of contemporary art), the Rhone-Alpes Frac, created in 1982. It is a pioneering institution in France and has two aims. These are to organize exhibitions inside its walls and to constitute the Rhone-Alpes Collection with a view to circulating it over the whole Rhone-Alpes territory.
In a modular 1,200 m2 space, the IAC produces different types of exhibitions at Villeurbanne, as well as various interacting with the general public.
In 1895, the City of Lyon became the birthplace of the 7th art, when Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the "Cinématographe".
The Lumière museum, where you can discover the Lumière brothers' fabulous inventions, such as the Cinématographe, the first colour photos, and unusual items, is housed in the family villa.
The Hangar of the first film, all that remains of the Lumière factories and first Cinématographe scene, has been renovated and turned into a large cinema, in which, every day, the Lumière Institute shows the great classics, rare films, and major retrospectives. Film buffs will love it!