Cultural & Tourist attractions

Lyon's Museum of Fine Arts

Set within a magnificent 17th century building, Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts is one of France’s biggest museums, offering visitors the opportunity to discover an extraordinary collection of works ranging from antiquities to modern art.

In addition to these permanent works, the museum often hosts great  exhibitions.

Opening hours: 
Mon, Wed & Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10:30am - 6pm
Partial closure between 12:30pm - 2pm

Address: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon 

For more information, visit the website

Photo credits: © MBA Lyon – Corentin Mossièr

Le Musée Miniatures et Cinéma

Lyon’s museum of cinema and miniature art – founded by Dan Ohlmann, creator of miniature models – takes you on an incredible journey behind the scenes of the so-called ‘seventh art’. Unique of its kind in Europe, this exhibition gallery nestles within the walls of the famous “Maison des Avocats” in the heart of Lyon’s old town, built in the 16th century and classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

The museum has assembled two collections, the first dedicated to the art of miniature modelling and the second focusing on the art of cinema.
This collection is made up of more than 100 hyper-realistic models of everyday locations (classrooms, hospitals, canteens, attics…), comprising a total of over 1,000 miniature items.

The museum’s second collection pays tribute to artists from today’s biggest film studios in Europe and America. Items from over 200 films, from the 1960s up until the present day, are on display.
Full-scale props, costumes, masks, prosthetic limbs, special effects… the exhibition has amassed over 350 collectors’ items and original pieces.

Whether in the company of friends or family, there is always an original experience full of surprises and discovery awaiting you at the “Musée Miniature et Cinéma”!

Address: Musée Miniature et Cinéma, Maison des Avocats, 60 rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon

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Le Musée des Confluences

Having inherited the collections of the former Guimet Natural History Museum, this new establishment aims to recount the story of humanity from its origins to the present day.

It brings together an impressive array of more than two million items, arranged into three giant collections: natural sciences, human sciences and science & technology.

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this building – designed by an Austrian firm of architects – gives the impression of a glass crystal crossed with a steel cloud. This architectural ambition lends the museum a unique dimension that resonates perfectly with its cultural aspirations.

A permanent installation spread over 3,000m² offers visitors a unique experience, telling the great story of humanity in four acts: Origins, the story of the world – Species, the web of beings – Eternities, a vision of the great beyond – Societies, the theatre of Man.

Opening hours:
Tues to Friday: 11am - 7pm
Thursday: 11am - 10pm

For more information, visit the website.

Photo credits: © Q. Lafont- musée des Confluences / © Bertrand Stofleth


The Maison des Canuts and the Tour of the Traboules

Driven by its silk trade, Lyon became France’s principal industrial city in the 18th century, and canut was the name given to Lyon’s expert silk weavers during the 18th and 19th centuries. The expression comes from the word canette, which is a wooden tool used in the production of silk. These weavers had a significant influence on the great movements of social thought from around this time in history.

To find out more, you will need to climb to the upper reaches of Lyon and, more specifically, to the Croix-Rousse district. From there, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views over the city and the Fourvière basilica.

Next stop is the Maison des Canuts, where you will find out about the fascinating history of Lyon’s silk trade in an original silk workshop. The museum offers a guided tour with an accompanying lesson in weaving, using restored machinery from a bygone era.

The museum also offers a guided tour of Lyon’s traboules. These are hidden, narrow alleyways that run through the city’s buildings, connecting one street to another. 

These passages enabled the silk workers to transport their textiles throughout the city and, notably, their shortcuts provided straight line access from the Croix-Rousse neighborhood to the central Presqu’île district.

The tour finishes at the Place des Terreaux, in the heart of the Presqu’île. 

Allow for 50 minutes for a tour of the Maison des Canuts, and 90 minutes for the tour of the Croix-Rousse’s traboules.

The museum is open every day except Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:30.

Address: 10 et 12 rue d’Ivry, 69004 Lyon
☎ 04 78 28 62 04

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The Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts (MTMAD)

The MTMAD (Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs, in French) is located in the Presqu’île district of Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement. It consists of two different yet complementary museums, which are both absolutely worth a visit!

The Museum of Fabrics
The original idea for the Musée des Tissus, a museum dedicated to textile production, dates back to the time of the 19th century universal expositions in London. It first opened its doors to the public in 1864.
The Museum of Fabrics possesses a wonderful collection of over 2.5 million items, one of the world’s largest such collections, retracing more than 2,000 years of textiles from way back in ancient times right up to the modern era.

The Museum of Decorative Arts
Backed by Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to underline the strong ties between artistic production and industrial performance and innovation, the Musée des Arts décoratifs opened its doors to the public exactly 90 years ago.

The museum’s collection, largely assembled thanks to family donations, showcases 18th century interior decor trends and features an exceptional collection of items including: woodwork from private mansions in Lyon; woven tapestries; gold, silver and bronze works; paintings and drawings.

Address: Musée des Tissus et musée des Arts décoratifs, 34, rue de la Charité, 69002 Lyon

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 5:30pm

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The Lumière Institute

Not just renowned internationally for the quality of its cuisine, Lyon is also the spiritual home of the so-called Seventh Art. It is here that the Lumière Brothers set up their first cinematograph on the celebrated “Rue du Premier-film” in March 1895.

The Lumière Institute, created in 1982 by Bernard Chardère and Maurice Trarieux-Lumière, grandson of Louis Lumière, today runs a museum, a cinema and a library, among other activities.

The museum nestles within the four walls of the sumptuous Villa Lumière, also known as the “Château Lumière” and well worth a visit in itself. Built between 1899 and 1902, this family villa was the final architectural creation of photographer Antoine Lumière, father of Auguste and Louis.

The exhibition space at the museum was designed by Dominique Païni, who is none other than the Director of Cultural Development at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Here you are able to encounter at first hand the extraordinary inventions dreamt up by the Lumière brothers, such as the famous cinematograph (the instrument that originally allowed film images to be projected to entire gatherings of people), the first colour photographs, the Photorama Lumière and plenty of other unusual items.

Opening hours:
Tues to Friday: 10am - 6:30pm

Address: 25 rue du Premier Film - BP 8051, 69352 - Lyon Cedex 08

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The Gadagne Museums

In the Saint-Jean district at the heart of Lyon’s old town stands a magnificent 16th century renaissance building known as the Gadagne. Today we’re going to tell you all about two wonderful museums held within the walls of this historic monument: the Lyon History Museum and the Puppets of the World Museum.
The Gadagne’s two museums are the ideal starting point to explore the City of the Lights!

The Lyon History Museum
Since 1921, the Gadagne has housed a museum dedicated to the history of Lyon, featuring an incredible collection of 80,000 items that bear witness to the city’s rich history and its multiple facets (as the capital of the Gauls, the City of Silk or the birthplace of cinema).

The Puppets of the World Museum: an invitation on an amazing journey
Opened in 1950, the Puppets of the World Museum is the only one in France dedicated to this art. A visit here takes you on a journey through 9 rooms, which exhibit over 2,000 puppets, a thousand castelets (miniature puppet theatres), costumes and period posters.

Opening hours:
Wed to Sunday: 11am - 6:30pm

Address: Musées Gadagne, 1 place du Petit Collège, 69005 LYON
☎ 04 78 42 03 61

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Photo credits: © musées Gadagne/ Pierre Verrier/ Xavier Schwebel -

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Constructed in 1857, this 105-hectare park was designed on the model of the English garden, built around an immense 16-hectare lake. Located on the banks of the River Rhône in the heart of the city, this exceptional park features both a zoo and a botanical garden.

The Botanical Garden
Exotic greenhouses, themed gardens, rose gardens… Lyon’s botanical garden is home to around 16,000 species of plants. It is one of Europe’s most richly endowed botanical gardens and attracts experts from all over the world.

The Zoo
Established over 150 years ago in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, the zoo is home to sixty different species and more than 400 individual animals.
The year 2006 saw the opening of the African plain, a vast three-hectare space that has since welcomed more than a hundred animals including giraffes, zebras, lemurs and other animals from the savannah.

Location : The Parc de la Tête d’Or is located just 15 minutes by foot from the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel, and entry is free.

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