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Musee des Beaux-Arts

20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France (Terreaux - Bat D'argent)
33 04 7210 30 30
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Ranked #9 of 87 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: Home to an impressive collection of paintings, both French and international.
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Housed in an old convent this is a great tour through the centuries of art. I wanted to target particular artists and works and found this difficult, but once I realised the layout and just went with the experience (and the great audio guide) I had a great experience and discovered a great range of artists and works to enjoy.... More

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Houston, Texas
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We used the Lyon City Card to gain entry here. The painting collection cannot compare to that of other major cities but their decorative arts collection is fine and very well displayed. The building is an earlier religious building with an extremely fine interior outdoor courtyard, cool, green, peaceful. The religious building had a refectory (dining hall) with elaborate carvings... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

One of the loveliest things about museums in Europe is that they were usually something else before becoming a museum. This is the same which makes the lighting and arrangement of the art works much more enjoyable. While not one of the best ever - it's a nice place to visit in Lyon to see some great works. Worth the... More

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Cocoa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a wonderful place to wander through, a relaxing afternoon amongst beautiful sculpture, antiquities and paintings. The museum patio café serves good food and is a delightful spot to take a break.

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A wonderful building, beautiful courtyard area, exceptional art works and idyllic cafe on the terrace. Even if you are not into art galleries, go along to enjoy the courtyard area or a lunch on the terrace.

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Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There's a lot of remarkable art in this collection. We greatly enjoyed the medieval works, but there is also an abundance to striking 17th century work as well. We focused on the paintings, which could easily take the best part of an afternoon. The whole collection would take a day at least, assuming one likes to linger a bit. Photography... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

The building itself is worth visiting with a very pleasant and tranquil courtyard to rest in. There was an interesting mix of exhibits with the highlight being the impressionist paintings.

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Consider this: this museum has been acquiring art since at least 1848 (each item has a tag of name, artist, and date acquired). This was one of the very first museums to give credence to the Impressionist movement and acquired some of their paintings while the artists were still alive. Heavy accent on Lyon painters, almost exclusively French artists with... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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89 reviews 89 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Tha building where the museum is located once was an abbey. It's sitted in the Place de Terreaux and is really close to the Mairie/Hotel de Ville and the Opera de Lyon. There is a metro station close to the Museum, the Hotel de Ville - Louis Pradel, that is about one block far from it. If you like a... More

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Yeppoon, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We really enjoyed this musem, lots of art and histoical artefacts from throughout the ages. Also visit the fountain next door.

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