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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 #10 of 80 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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Houston, Texas, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Coolum Beach, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Very well set out and worth the visit. The amphitheatres and ancient but kept in very good condition.

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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Designed to display this collection, the museum is built into the hillside; two "light canons" overlook the Roman theaters, with seating for weary or reflective visitors. A gradual ramp winds down through three floors of attractive, open exhibit spaces, organized thematically. Overall, the museum tells its story effectively; and the scale is nice, not too big, not too small. The... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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135 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

After walking around the nearby Roman ruins, we made our way to this museum. We were very happy to find that we were there on a "free entry" day, including complimentary audio guides, so that was a bonus. The building itself is very modern and while it feels quite open, the displays are set up in such a way that... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Not at all impressive maybe because I have seen those of Turkey / Italy. But if you are visiting the Notre Dame de Fourviere, you can take a 5-10mins walk downhill here.

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

As someone who loves not only history but museums I have to say this one was incredibly poor. The layout makes very little sense and they seemed more eager to place large pieces of stone on display than anything that could provide insight into general life in Roman Lyon. Epitaphs are lovely, but 40 of them are a bit of... More

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Katy, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

wow! built into a hill-side with two room sized windows letting in light, and providing a framed view of the theatre and odeon. Of course mosiacs, statues galore, pottery, not just coins but coin molds themselves, many scale models of what buildings and even the original town looked like when at it's prime. As a "I Claudius" fan from the... More

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Merles, France
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

This is a modern museum, beautifully located between the magnificent basilica and the remains of the Roman arena. The museum is big. It contains much of interest to those who want to know about the history of Lyon and the important Roman town of Lugdunum. There is an emphasis on architectural remains: some chunks of masonry are of limited interest,... More

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