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Musee des Beaux-Arts
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Owner description: Home to an impressive collection of paintings, both French and international.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“a bit of everything”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

This huge museum is worth an hour or two, not just for the paintings. Those include a cross-section of largely French art: you might want to skip the titanic 17th and 18th century canvasses, but don't miss the impressionists and moderns. There's a big exhibit of antiquities and a really interesting section of 'objets d'art' including ceramics, bronzes and furniture, as well as medals of all periods. It's not the Louvre but pretty good. It also has a cafe on a terrace.

Visited August 2014
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Belgrade, Serbia
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“Very good museum.”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Very good, but not great museum. You can see everything in about 4 hours. Unfortunately, only several outstanding pieces. On the lowest floor are sculptures, on the first floor Egypt etc, and on the second floor paintings from 15th century until today and several sculptures.

Nevertheless, you should visit definitely. Not crowded at all in August.

Visited August 2014
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“Some great things, but negotiating the opening hours was difficult”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

On the continent, you get used to museums being closed on Mondays (although as a Brit used to museums being open every day and free, I still don't understand why). This one complicates things further by being closed on a Tuesday. Having got there on a day when they were open, we were then unceremoniously chucked out at 12.30 as some parts of the museum close for lunch! Almost unbelievable in the modern world. So if you go, check the opening hours carefully. The museum itself is a cross between a museum of antiquities and a fine art museum. It has Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts as well as a selection of more modern French china, glass and furniture and a large collection of coins. So a very eclectic collection and something for all tastes. The pictures are a curate's egg - a lot of extremely dull European stuff from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with some great impressionists and one or two stunning earlier works. The outstanding picture for me was Veronese's "Bathsheba Bathing". On balance, this is worth a visit if you can navigate the opening hours. I've docked it a point for those plus the curious café arrangement. They have a lovely café located on a terrace but they only have an a la carte service, not the sandwiches and salads visitors would typically be looking for at lunchtime. And a number of overseas visitors were made to feel unwelcome by being moved from tables that were supposedly reserved to less comfortable stools. The staff really gave they impression that they didn't want our business, so we gave it a miss.

Visited August 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Good Classical Museum”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

If you enjoy the fine arts and a good historical building then you have yourself an afternoon. The museum hold some of Lyons historical treasures from paintings, sculptures, to coins. There is a lot to see here and you will probably need a break at the cafe located on the second floor. There are light eats here too.

I advise the audio guides to selectively find the deeper explanations as the English parts are brief.

Visited July 2014
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“More paintings than expected.”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We spent a couple hours looking though the many paintings and sculptures. Most of the paintings are from French painters but there are plenty of them. There are also a few from well-known painters like Monet, Gauguin, Tintoret and a few bronze sculptures by Rodin. In addition, there are quite a few nice sculptures in the basement. Also, don't miss the large room on the left as you go into the ticket office wing as the ceiling (painted) and the wall sculptures are quite interesting. We also has a refreshing drink on the outdoor terrace on the 2nd floor. It was a nice way to spend a couple hours from the bustle of the area. We also enjoyed the fountain with the horses across the square from the museum. Very impressive!

Visited August 2014
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