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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization

17 rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon, France
04 72 38 81 90
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Ranked #14 of 69 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient Rome is a reflection of...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient Rome is a reflection of Lyon's Roman past.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting collection but a bit stuffy and the architecture is a bit tomb like. Texts mostly in french.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

we were quite surprised as to how big it was. Being history and especially roman history enthusiasts we did some research in advance about the Roman history of Lyon but we were still quite surprised. The museum lies next to an amphitheater but is nicely concealed in the hillside. It has a big exhibition mostly of funerary monuments, tombs and... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This a nicely conceived museum, where they also make real efforts of keeping up to increased visitors'expectations. Wonderful pieces uncovered especially due to the many (two many?) building sites since the sixties.

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B'more
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

On the one hand, this museum has an amazing amount of artifacts that illustrate life in the provinces of the Roman Empire more vividly than I'd ever imagined. On the other hand, even with an English-language audio guide, it was often difficult to figure out exactly which artifact was which, and I all too often shrugged my shoulders and wandered... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a very interesting museum tp visit on Lyon. It has a lot lf rooms and chambres full of history. We learned a lot about the Roman civilization. However, the tour is not too long.

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Launceston, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This museum just keeps going and going. You walk in from the street to what seems to be a small building, but is in fact just the top floor. You then descend a series of ramps as you view the excellent displays, and can also view the amazing amphitheatres from strategic windows along the way. Later, when viewed from the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Lots of wonderful relics in a purpose built space set beautifully into a hillside overlooking to the amphitheatres. But I came away thinking that there is a story here which could be much better told and illustrated. Some wonderful relics - in particular the mosaics - but as we journeyed through the levels I kept wondering what the links really... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This fascinating museum consists of (indoors) a state-of-the-art museum of Roman antiquities, including stunning mosaics and the Claudian Tables, a text of an actual speech by the Emperor Claudius, who was born in Lyon, and (outdoors) a Roman theater and an odeon (a mini-theater).

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Hanover, NH
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Relatively new museum with artifacts well-displayed. No cafe in the museum. If short of time and money, an alternative would be to explore the remarkable adjacent Roman amphitheater and nearby aqueduct. .

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We paid for this museum but it is worth noting that it is free on Thursday. We did not get the audioguide and chose to read the plaques instead. We found that the information regarding each artifact was lacking and indeterminate as to the items purpose, age and authenticity; leaving you wondering what the piece really was anyway. Many pieces... More 

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