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“an impressive ancient city”

Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization
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Ranked #16 of 230 things to do in Lyon
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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.
Reviewed 20 August 2014

If you like the ancient Romans, you get a good dose of them here: two big well-preserved theatres and this fabulous museum that gives you insight into every aspect of life in what was the greatest city of Roman Gaul. Allow plenty of time because the museum is quite huge, but well organized so you don't feel overwhelmed. Only problem - and a serious one - is that the explanations are in very small type and often close to the ground; most have a summary or translation in English. To get there, take the St Just funicular from Old Lyon and get off at the first stop.

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"mosaic floors"
in 18 reviews
"audio guide"
in 35 reviews
"gallo roman"
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"large windows"
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"great mosaics"
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"interesting artifacts"
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"preserved mosaics"
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"history lovers"
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"entry fee"
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"school children"
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"several floors"
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"history lesson"
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"on display"
in 8 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"basilica of notre dame"
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"top floor"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We really enjoyed this museum which was full of roman artifacts, we spent two hours here. and viewed much more than we had expected.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

To get to Lyon's famous Roman amphitheatres you have to go through the Gallo Roman Museum. The museum feels a bit tired but the amphitheatres are well worth seeing as Lyon was the major town of the three Gaul regions of the Roman Empire. The museum was built in the 1970s and its age shows in its concrete design (and it was even opened by Madame Giscard d'Estaing, President Valery's wife). The layout feels a bit old fashioned but there are some interesting exhibits, including some beautiful mosaic floors and some lovely jewellery. It's one of those museums to wander through and look at things that catch your eye rather than feel obliged to look at every pot and statue. The main reason for coming here though is to see the two amphitheatres, both of which are remarkably well-preserved. The larger of the two held 11,000 people and it still used today for concerts. You can walk around both unhindered and there are some great views of Lyon from here.

Thank Susan8552
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I wouldn't describe myself as a huge history buff, but I like museums that provide audioguides and weave story into each exhibit. The english translatiions of the exhibits are incoherent and all over the place. We left after about an hour. Visit the ruins and maybe skip the museum unless you are knowledgable about the period.

Thank Craig B
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

A nice downhill stroll among artifacts. A travel back in time with excellent audio guide narration. I particularly enjoyed the contextual setting of what was shown. Therefore, it was not only the exhibits but also the trigger to imagine how life was in this multi-ethnic mulit-cultural environment over the centuries. You take the elevator back to the entrance, after your stroll.

Thank Enoikos
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