We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Institut & Musee Lumiere

Certificate of Excellence
Specialty museums, Museums
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 25 rue du Premier Film, 69352 Lyon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 78 78 18 95
Website
Today
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Description: In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the...
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$25*
and up
Lyon City Card

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 269 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 134
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Fantastic experience

I have learned a lot about the birth of cinema and I particularly liked the bits of films that you can see, probably, only here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
V R
,
Barcelona, Spain
Add Photo Write a Review

269 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Barcelona, Spain
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have learned a lot about the birth of cinema and I particularly liked the bits of films that you can see, probably, only here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
City of Venice, Italy
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is a very good small museum that makes you travel to the heart of cinema's birth and to the house of the founding brothers. Good selection of old films. Do not miss the room with vintage Lumière cameras and film advertisement from the 1940's.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This museum in the home of the Lumiere's doesn't take long to visit but it is worth the time to see film history from a different perspective. There used to be a huge film factory here but now they have taken some of the land for a modern visitor center. This is close to the metro station.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
73 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is the land of the Lumiere brothers: theis home place and the huge cinema factory they created. If you are in Lyon, you must visit this "musée"

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glendale, California
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
58 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Anyone interested in the development of photography and film should make this a "must visit" place if you are in Lyon. We planned for two hours and wished we could stay longer. The Lumiere family was incredibly talented both as inventors and businessmen. Do see the movie first, then linger around the exhibits. It only takes about 10 minutes to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

"Lumiere" means light! ... and what a light they were the Lumiere brothers to the inception of moving pictures. Audio guides are available in English but the French ones were more comprehensive. Do go straight up to the first floor to see the movie if you can, it brings it all together making this a memorable visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
TN
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
70 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

I agree with one reviewer who said you should see the film on this amazing family before looking at artifacts in this house. The film is a bit too long for all but the serious film student, but it showed the tremendous impact of this family. Only one room was furnished as when someone lived there, and I personally would... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paris, France
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The visit was a bit deceiving as not all floors were open and available for the visit (1 floor over 4). I expected to see more things about the history of cinema but the museum showed only a couple of cameras with few explanations. It's nonetheless an interesting subject and visit. The visit is free with your Lyon Card pass... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The inventors of the Cinematograph, and the first paying-admission-theatre to exhibit a film...this private mansion/ institute/museum, should be on every cinema-lover's list!....There is a one hour film ( that flies by, leaving one open-mouthed at how amazing these men were), that actually should be seen FIRST, although it is on the second floor...as it gives the viewer a more complete... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Top Contributor
438 reviews 438 reviews
168 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Being a movie buff, this museum was a must-see in Lyon. Walked here from the river, which was a lengthy walk, but scenic. Got to pass by Chinatown and other ethnic areas as well as the college part of the city. The museum did an excellent job of showing of the lives and many inventions of the Lumiere Brothers. You... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Institut & Musee Lumiere also viewed

 

Been to Institut & Musee Lumiere? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Institut & Musee Lumiere staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?