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  • Address: 20 Place des Terreaux, Lyon, France
  • Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10am-6pm (10:30am on Fridays)
  • Admission: 7-9 Euro


Lyon Musee des Beaux Arts

Lyon's elegant Museum of Fine Art (Musee des Beaux Arts) is housed in a 17th-century palace that was designed for the Royal Abbess of the Dames de Saint Pierre and later remodeled to outrageous heights by Louis XIV.displays one of the finest collections in all France.

More than 70 rooms display one of the finest art collections in all of France, including an outsanding array of antiquities and artwork, more than 600 Ancient Egyptian pieces, rare Asian ceramics and the second-largest numismatic collection in the country. Thirty-five rooms are dedicated to European paintings, from classic artists such as El Greco and Rembrandt to more modern masters such as Picasso and Renoir. 

The museum also offers temporary exhibitions, as well as activities and events for adults and children. The shady sculpture garden is often softly lit for visitors on special summer evenings.

Practical Info

The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., although it opens at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. The library and documentation center are open to all. Entry to the museum collections costs 7 euros, while admission to the exhibitions is 9 euros for adults. Combination tickets cost 12 euros. Located centrally at 20 place des Terreaux, Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts is accessible via metro line A or C, which can be taken to the Hôtel de Ville–Louis Pradel stop. English tours are available once a month, and audio guides are available for free with entrance.

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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lyon on a hop-on hop-off tour! Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You can hop on and ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.90
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Lyon City Card

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This is your passport for exploring the museums and attractions of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The easy-to-use city card offers total sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

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