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“A day in the museum”

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
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US$31.31*
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Lyon City Card
Ranked #20 of 238 things to do in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 7 April 2014

France*s No. 2 after the Louvre is definitely worth a visit. If you are disabled (with official documentation) it is free for you. You get an audio guide for free to guide you through the museum.Bring your ipod's earphones with you: this will make the visit even more enjoyable as keeping the rather heavy audioguide all tour long in your hand(s) is rather tiresome (not tested, wish I had). Four tours are designed (Masterpieces, Flowers, Feminism, Black) and leaflets should be available. The collection on the second floor gives you a nice cross selection of painted art and - mostly - all big names are present. Astonishingly, Zubaran's San Francis is not on the masterpieces list, though this is the picture you might have had in mind when thinking of this painter. Should you think it is too expensive: The bar and restaurant can be accessed for free and the refectory gives you a nice and free glimpse of the building.
Good for rainy days. It didn't when I was there and really, I spent the whole day in the museum.

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

There are some fabulous artworks, statues, pottery, coffins, sculptures and medals/coins in this gallery, and it's easy to navigate and learn as you go (use the audio guide). It closes for lunch break, but you can come back in. There's a restaurant but the prices were a bit high for us. We visited in the cooler months and there were no crowds in any room so our visit was relaxed and enjoyable.

Thank Rockbourne
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Museum is well done, not huge so can easily do in a day. Nice collection of 19th and 20th century art in particular. There are several Monets and other Impressionist works among others.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I was prepared that this museum does not contain any of the world's masterpieses, but it is more uninteresting than I feared. It contains a little bit of everything, without any special emphasis. I was also a little disappointed by the building: On the outside it is a magnificent structure. On the inside, however, it is very, very plain.

Thank Christian B
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

After crowding in the Louvre for the nth time, it was wonderful to visit this museum without any fuss. Spacious, fascinating. Have to return with my family.

Thank JillC78
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