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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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$27*
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Lyon City Card
87%
Ranked #14 of 69 Attractions in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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.
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Glendale, California
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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 

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Sydney, Australia
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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.

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TN
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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 

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Paris, France
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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 

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Los Angeles
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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 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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127 helpful votes 127 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 

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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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