The 5 Best Art Museums in Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

August 3, 2021 Milan Banda

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon has 2,000 years of history imprinted on its streets (yes, the cobblestone kind). Explore this history in Vieux Lyon (one of Europe's most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods) and Lyon's two Roman amphitheatres, which still stage rock concerts today. It's no wonder Lyon is a popular area for travelers, with its dynamic university, first-class shopping, antique markets, vibrant theatre and music festivals, and a range of interesting museums, such as the International Puppet Museum and the Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets. (When we say "interesting," we mean it.)
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1. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon France +33 4 72 10 17 40 [email protected] http://www.mba-lyon.fr/mba/
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4.5 based on 2,183 reviews

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

The museum of Fine Arts of Lyon is the largest French museum outside of Paris, in terms of the richness of its collections, and the importance of the bequests received at its creation, in the wake of the Revolution. The ongoing enrichment of the collection and its dynamic artistic program place the museum on the international art scene. The museum is located place des Terreaux, in the heart of the city center, in a former 17th century Benedictine abbey. Its cloister is now home to a quiet garden featuring sculptures by Rodin and Bourdelle, among others. The museum’s encyclopedic collections are exhibited in five sections and seventy galleries presenting artworks from all the major civilizations and artistic schools, from Antiquity to the present day. All year long, the museum offers its visitors an exceptional tour of 5 000 years of art history and organizes major temporary exhibitions, as well as cultural activities engaging all audiences.

Reviewed By 750dimitrisl - Sydney, Australia

A wonderful building, located in a beautiful area of the city. Many great sights around. Interestingly the building originally was a Benedictine convent! The stunning artworks include many masterpieces of great artists, as well as sculptures and other artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Middle East and elsewhere. This is a must visit sight.

2. Musee Jean Couty

Place Henri Barbusse, 69009 Lyon France +33 4 72 42 20 00 http://Www.jeancouty.com
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Musee Jean Couty

3. Musee des moulages

87 cours Gambetta, 69003 Lyon France +33 4 87 24 80 63 http://fr-fr.facebook.com/museedesmoulages
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Musee des moulages

4. Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif

34 rue de la Charite Sauf jours fériés, dimanches de Pâques et de Pentecôte., 69002 Lyon France +33 4 78 38 42 00 [email protected] http://www.musee-des-tissus.com/
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Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif

A historic collection of textiles and decorative arts.

Reviewed By C1921MRhelenw - Jersey City, United States

A delightful exhibit of Yves Saint Laurent and the beautiful fabrics he used to create his elegant dresses and gowns. I got to see the actual cost by meter of the fabrics. Lovely small museum in a lovely part of Lyon.

5. Museum of Contemporary Art

Cite Internationale 81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon France +33 4 72 69 17 17 http://www.mac-lyon.com/
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3.5 based on 149 reviews

Museum of Contemporary Art

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.

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