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Institut & Musee Lumiere

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Address: 25 rue du Premier Film, 69352 , Lyon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 78 78 18 95
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In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In...

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.

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Great museum of early cinema

The French contribution to the development of cinema is often over-looked by English speaking nations. But I guess the clue is in the word "cinema" which is of course French. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bayeux, France

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Bayeux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The French contribution to the development of cinema is often over-looked by English speaking nations. But I guess the clue is in the word "cinema" which is of course French. This museum covers the work done by the Lumiere brothers to start from making semi-3D relief photography on to proper moving films. The museum has rare camera and gadgets on... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned so much visiting this old mansion with the history of early filming, worth a visit if you have an interest in movies.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised to learn how inventive the Lumiere brothers were during my visit here. An excellent museum with a structured path for your visit and useful audio guide. Worth coming here to just see the building. Beautiful art nouveau architecture and decoration. Easily reached by train and definitely worth a visit.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

For those of us who worship in the temple of motion pictures this place is the equivalent of Mecca. The Institut Lumiere in the Monplaisir neighborhood of Lyon, a little off the beaten track but very convenient by metro, is the site where the first films were made - that is both manufactured and shot - in 1895. Indeed, one... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a small but interesting film museum. It is located a 40 minute tram ride in the outskirts/suburbs of Lyon. The area around the Museum is not that interesting. I would only visit if you have a strong interest in film & movies.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

An interesting museum with lots of info and video of the first moving pictures and technology...get the English audio guide

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The museum is located in a lovely old building which I believe was his old house. Fascinating insight into the evolution of film. I wish I could have taken more away from this museum, but unfortunately my French isn't quite up to scratch so couldn't understand all the exhibits.

Thank Traveler168London
Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

There you can see original versions of first films and stuff for filming. I was there with my sister and she liked it more than me. If you like film or history it is a must when you are in Lyon.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

if you are interested in Cinema and film making you must certainly visit this museum to understand how everything started.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It was great to see the Qabe of the movie lovers. It was a privilege to be there. The only thing is it was too hot… The more effective AC should be considered. Otherwise, It would be impossible to be long enough in the museum.

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