Musée des Beaux-Arts
Built between 1659 and 1685 in the Italian baroque style, the former
Benedictine abbey, the Palais des Arts lies at the south side of
the square stands, also called the Musée de St-Pierre.
Refurbished in 1998, it's home to the Musée des Beaux-Arts
and has an outstanding collection of paintings and sculpture. The
ground floor offers a display of 14th-century paintings. The collection
also includes Etruscan, Egyptian, Phoenician, Sumerian, and Persian
art. The top floor is one of France's richest 19th-century collections,
with works by artists from Veronese, Tintoretto, and Rubens to Braque,
Bonnard, and Picasso.
If you happen to be here, make sure to see Joseph Chinard's bust
of Mme Récamier, the Lyon beauty who charmed Napoléonic
Paris by merely reclining, and the Fantin-Latour masterpiece reading.
You have to enter via a courtyard graced with statuary and shade
L'Institut & Musée Lumière
The Lumière family founded a common haunt for Film buffs
from all over the world, the famous L’Institut & Musée
Lumière- a factory for producing photographic plates, paper,
They invented the Lumière process of color photography and
the Cinematographe, an early motion picture camera, in 1895. They
also produced films including La Sortie des Usines Lumière.
The complex is dedicated to the memory of these innovators, but
it is also a living museum of cinema. Early films are shown, and
books, photos, posters, and pre-cinematographic and cinematographic
equipment are displayed.
Musée des Arts-Décoratifs
Built in the 1739 by Soufflot, Lacroix-Laval mansion belongs to
an architect of the Panthéon in Paris.
The Musée des Arts-Décoratifs exhibits its exclusive
collection of furniture and objects d'art from the 17th and 18th
centuries. In addition, the mansion also includes some rare collection
from the medieval and Renaissance periods.
This 12th century cathedral is a masterpiece of Lyonnais Romanesque
The magnificent stained-glass windows highlight the Flamboyant Gothic
chapel of the Bourbons.
On the front portals are decorations depicting the signs of the
zodiac, the Creation, and the life of St. John. The cathedral's
16th-century clock is intricate and beautiful. In addition, a rooster
and angels sign the event.
Admission is free and open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10am
to noon and 2 to 6pm.
Musée Historique de Lyon (Musée Gadagne)
An early-16th-century residence displays its way through this authentic
museum located in the Hôtel de Gadagne. You'll find interesting
Romanesque sculptures on the ground floor. Other exhibits include
18th-century Lyonnais furniture and pottery, antique ceramics from
the town of Nevers, a pewter collection, and numerous paintings
and engravings of Lyon.
Musée de la Marionette shares the same building. It has three
puppets by Laurent Mourguet, creator of Guignol, the best-known
French marionette character. The museum also displays marionettes
from other parts of France (Amiens, Lille, and Aix-en-Provence)
and from around the world.