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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 #13 of 87 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Chestertown, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This museum goes on and on with nice artifacts. The large signs are translated into English but few of the small ones are. There were good models to help explain what one saw. Worth a look if you have any interest in the period.

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Lyon, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This museum is surprisingly big. With 5 floors of sculptures, pillars, jewelry and mosaics all discovered locally while unearthing the ruins that the museum overlooks. Since Lyon was built on the City of Lugdunum, which dates back to 400BC, the artifacts found in the museum in corporate Themes and gods motifs from Roman, Gallic, Egyptian, and eastern empires. Walking through... More

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Dresher, PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Lots of neat finds, many of which were indigenous to the region found when renovating or building the city. If you are a history buff, check out this museum.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum was a total surprise. We went to see the Roman ruins and wandered into the Museum. It has some of the best set of mosaic floors I have seen & lots of information about the region from pre-Roman times until about 400A.D. If you're interested in looking at the ruins the museum is a must.

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