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“good insight into roman lyon”

Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization
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Owner description: This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient Rome is a reflection of Lyon's Roman past.
London, United Kingdom
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“good insight into roman lyon”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

museum gives a good insight into the origins of lyon and the romans. It can be found a few minutes walk from the funicular station and explains in detail the roman origins of lyon, There are a number of interesting artefacts and following your visit you can explore the roman theatre next door

Visited November 2013
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“A very extensive collection of Roman artefacts”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

The museum has a good collection of Roman remains, including many inscriptions on tombstones and religious monuments. There are some translations, but not always easy to read as the labels are often positioned unhelpfully. More interpretation and perhaps highlighting important pieces would be useful.

You enter the museum through the Roman Theatre complex, get the lift up to the top and gradually descend a spiralling floor plan past the exhibits. The museum is an interesting building in itself, as it is designed to appear as part of the hillside.

Note that entry is free for everyone on Thursdays!

Visited October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Suberb museum set beside two great roman buildings”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

This museum is cleverly set into a cliffside which lies to one side of two magnificent Roman structures, the huge amphitheatre and the smaller Odeon. It is a good idea to approach from above (eg by taking the funicular to the basilica and taking the upper road from the Place de Fourviere). You can then walk at your leisure down through a pleasant (free) public park containing the amphitheatres until you reach the entrance to the museum, which is at the bottom of the site..

Once inside, take advantage of the audioguide - the English language one is splendid - and take the lift to the top floor. You then walk gently down a sloping ramp to the entrance/exit. At the top you will find some stunning pre-Roman material,including the remains of the famous Bronze Age cart. The range of artefacts is huge and the interpretative material is excellent. Yes, there are an awful lot of stone slabs (with beautiful lettering) but many of them tell an interesting story and you can skip the rest. Don't miss the bronze tablet with Claudius's speech on it You will come away with a clear view of the importance of Lugdunum as the capital of most of Gaul and an enhanced perception of everyday Roman life. If you have come on foot you can leave by the gate at the centre of the lower garden and take the other funicular back down to Vieux Lyon.

Visited October 2013
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

There is a wonderful museum where the entry fee includes an audioguide in English, which explains much about the ruins as well as the original Roman settlement. Fascinating history.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Oh, the mosaics”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The amphitheatres are impressive of course, especially once you see the models of just how big they used to be. Best part for me though, were the floor mosaics, and the exhibits showing how the Roman houses used to be built with these entertainment areas. Better than just a hall full of busts and pillars, this starts to show you how the Roman elite lived, 2000 years ago.

Visited September 2013
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