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.
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.