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Musee des Beaux-Arts

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Neighborhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
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Address: 20 place des Terreaux, 69001, Lyon, France
Phone Number: 33 04 7210 30 30
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Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Home to an impressive collection of paintings, both French and...

Home to an impressive collection of paintings, both French and international.

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Vast and varied collection

A visit here is like going through the whole of western civilisation in a morning. You set off with ancient artefacts and classical sculpture, progress via cunning bronzework to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit here is like going through the whole of western civilisation in a morning. You set off with ancient artefacts and classical sculpture, progress via cunning bronzework to huge classical paintings that give me psychological indigestion (I prefer the earlier more two-dimensional work) to the modern era (i.e. after about 1850) to the twentieth century, with detours to the... More 

Thank chr1711
Brisbane, Australia
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the Lourve the Museum of Fine Arts was a breath of fresh air. We actually had a chance to just sit and take in the artwork without being swamped with tourists. The size of the Museum also means its quite possible to see everything. The atrium courtyard was also great. Well worth the cost of admission.

Thank Spannng
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104 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did visit this museum 45 minutes before closing time so I did not have much time to see even 30% of all collection. I have seen Flower's Room and the Egyptian Art Collection. Do not rush and enjoy it. Highly recommended.

Thank Aragorn65
Palos Verdes Estates, California
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much to see here. Give it at least half a day. Lovely collections and not crowded, which is a huge plus.

Thank Anjaley
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent museum in beautiful building that was a former abbey. Nice collection of statues, paintings from 14th to 20th centuries including many impressionist works.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went into this museum just as it was closing so I didn't see much. However, I had just enough time to quickly view the sculptures and the ancient egyptian sections of the museum. It was beautiful, well laid out and interesting. It is comparable to the louvre in Paris (but on a much smaller scale of course) with collections... More 

Thank lavaniraj
Rabat, Morocco
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A unique museum which displays a great collection of art. The lighting inside is very adapted to show the art pieces at their best.

Thank Phil D
Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I went here on a rainy day and this is a great rainy day activity. The setting is spectacular. The collection is nice. All in all I found it very restful. Unfortunately the restaurant which is supposed to be excellent was closed when I visited. For a large museum it is very manageable.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Don't get fooled by "Second only to the Louvre". The museum is nice and a few great pieces but that is all. Nonetheless worth seeing as you walk by.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

An exceptional collection beautifully presented in a classic building. We particularly enjoyed the sculpture gallery that was well complemented by the architecture. Great pieces with useful information supplied by the free audio guide. Could have spent the whole day here just relaxing and taking it all in, but you could see the highlights over a couple of hours. Don't miss... More 

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