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Institut & Musee Lumiere

25 rue du Premier Film, 69352 Lyon, France
+33 4 78 78 18 95
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Ranked #14 of 80 attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums, Movie Theaters
Owner description: In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the magnificient family home, the Lumière museum presents the Lumière brothers'... more » Owner description: In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the magnificient family home, the Lumière museum presents the Lumière brothers' most remarkable invention. Discover the history of the Cinematograph, the Autochromes (the first color photos), and its inventors. Also visit, in front of the museum, the famous First film Warehouse, where was shot the first Lumière movie : Factory exit. Today, it is home to the Institut Lumière cinema with its daily programs. « less
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New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

After you've done the touristy things or want to avoid the crowds this is a great place to visit. This is where Cinema started with short movies by the Lumiere brothers who were great inventors.Great little museum

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York, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

These brothers were real innovators. I enjoyed learning about them and their wonderful inventions. The artifacts are pretty well displayed but non-French speakers do miss out even when using the audio guide. I feel that the brothers Lumiere would have come up with innovative solutions to this problem - their magic and innovation need applying here. Their legacy is extremely... More

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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This interesting and engaging exhibit in a lovely art nouveau mansion is right across the street from a Metro station. The English audioguide is well done and provides good coverage of the exhibits, which make effective use of still and moving photography. This is the story of a remarkable family, as well as of a technology that changed the world.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just outside the Institute there are two parks. One is fenced, and quiet, excellent for catching one's thoughts. The other, by the Metro, is a community area where a large (for Europe) market is held. Well worth stopping by this Museum, even if not to go inside :)

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

With the all the information in French we brought audioguides (3 euros each). When we attended entry was free as we had purchased a Lyon City card.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Quite an eye opener ... Who knew the Lumiere brothers were critical in the invention of so much; from cinematography to film and pharmaceuticals to speakers. The house is beautiful and the museum really interesting! The audio guide is well worth the €3 if you do not speak French as none of the description plaques are translated.

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MuseeLumiere, Responsable relations clients at Institut & Musee Lumiere, responded to this review

Thanks you so much for this very positive feed back ! I confirm : Audioguides are really necessary if you do not speak french. More

Katy, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Conidering this is where film/ cinema started, put it on the list to see. No doubt the brothers were inventive geniuses. and lots of their early cameras, and some photo's were on display. Nice 1900 ish home, grand staircases, wood carvings, high ceilings. Clips of a handful of their first short movies play, then you walk upstairs, see a bedroom,... More

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MuseeLumiere, Responsable relations clients at Institut & Musee Lumiere, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice description of what you've discovered in our museum ! Since you are back home we hope that you are proud to say that you 've been where the first film of the History was shot ! No doubt that a good documentary explains many thinks but discovering such a place is worth the experience !... More

Greetham, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

What a revelation the Lumiere Brothers were. I had no idea how many things they invented. This museum is well worth the visit, well laid out and in a gorgeous old house, their old family home. It is not in the centre of Lyon but easy to find, right by the metro station at Lumiere.

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MuseeLumiere, Responsable relations publiques at Institut & Musee Lumiere, responded to this review

So nice of you to advise our Museum ! We are proud of Lumière borthers' inventions and very happy that you appreciated their genius ! More

Greater Manchester
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I've been twice and would go back any time. The house is absolutely beautiful and a treasure trove for anyone interested in the cinema. The early films by the Lumiere brothers are wonderful.

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Minneapolis
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was taken to the Lumiere Institute and Museum without really knowing much about the Lumiere Brothers. It really was a thoroughly enjoyable peek into their lives and homes. Not being from France, the museum definitely helped illustrate to me why film is so ingrained in the National culture. I should have sprung for the audio guide - all the... More

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