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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 #15 of 87 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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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

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There is a lot of equipment here and lots of explanatory material....if you read French. Otherwise, you just look at the equipment and some films. Most interesting were the films brought by photographers sent around the world by the brothers to film real life in places other than France. I guess at that time real life in foreign places was... More

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Interesting museum in one of the Lumiere homes. The displays were well presented and very informative. If you do not speak French, you definitely need the audio-guide. Even with that, you miss a lot of the displays. The highlight was definitely the documentary style movie shown on the second floor. Definitely watch it.

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Lyon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I worked in the film industry for many years and love the art of filmmaking, so I enjoyed my visit to the Musee Lumiere with all of it's facts, models and details about the collective energies that helped realize film as we know it today. I was fascinated with the original cameras and prototypes, and the subjects of the first... More

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Lyon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I worked in the film industry for many years and love the art of filmmaking, so I enjoyed my visit to the Musee Lumiere with all of it's facts, models and details about the collective energies that helped realize film as we know it today. I was fascinated with the original cameras and prototypes, and the subjects of the first... More

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Molvena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

A walk back in time at the house of the Lumiere brothers. This was a terrific guided visit complete with the location where the first ever movie was made. The house where the lived in work is also worth the visit even if you are not a movie buff.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

An amazing site for cinephiles to discover the birth of film! The museum is an excellent place to visit, but its contemporary cinematheque next door is also great for viewing historic and modern films. They invite a number of high profile directors and film scholars and it's amazing to catch them at the Institute Lumière away from the screaming variety... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This museum is a must-see if you have any interest in film or art nouveau design. The achievements of the brilliant Lumiere brothers who created the first film are beautifully exhibited in the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Some of the text/talk is a little bit too self serving but other than that, it is awesome to see all of the old instruments, how the process of cinema started, and to get to know the Lumierefamily. I was amazed to learn about the first colored photos as well. Definitely worth the trip!

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