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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 #11 of 82 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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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I confess to liking museums very much, to having been a classics major, and to having lived in Lyon for my year abroad. All came together to make this an informative visit. While the museum may not have as extensive collections as other parts of the Roman Empire, Lyon was the center for Gaul and as such includes many more... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The museum had too many stones of burial places than nice sculptures and other nicer roman artifacts. The museum, however has a large collection of mosaics.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you like the ancient Romans, you get a good dose of them here: two big well-preserved theatres and this fabulous museum that gives you insight into every aspect of life in what was the greatest city of Roman Gaul. Allow plenty of time because the museum is quite huge, but well organized so you don't feel overwhelmed. Only problem... More

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum which was full of roman artifacts, we spent two hours here. and viewed much more than we had expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

To get to Lyon's famous Roman amphitheatres you have to go through the Gallo Roman Museum. The museum feels a bit tired but the amphitheatres are well worth seeing as Lyon was the major town of the three Gaul regions of the Roman Empire. The museum was built in the 1970s and its age shows in its concrete design (and... More

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I wouldn't describe myself as a huge history buff, but I like museums that provide audioguides and weave story into each exhibit. The english translatiions of the exhibits are incoherent and all over the place. We left after about an hour. Visit the ruins and maybe skip the museum unless you are knowledgable about the period.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A nice downhill stroll among artifacts. A travel back in time with excellent audio guide narration. I particularly enjoyed the contextual setting of what was shown. Therefore, it was not only the exhibits but also the trigger to imagine how life was in this multi-ethnic mulit-cultural environment over the centuries. You take the elevator back to the entrance, after your... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This museum is a must if you are even in the least interested in antiquities! Set right next to the Roman theatre and amphitheater, it covers six floor connected with a ramped walkway and houses some of the most magnificent artifacts that I have seen anywhere in the world. Most of the artifacts have come from digs adjacent to the... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very interesting artifacts and the climb to the top of the theaters was fun and challenging - try to go when every school child in Lyon is not there.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was impressed with the ruins and access to all parts of the museum. Take the stairs that go up the hill on the side of the aquaduct, and discover a hidden part of Lyon, including the cemetery. You can imagine Claudius Nero as a child running along the street of the forum and darting into the shops. History abounds.

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