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Musee d'Histoire de Lyon

1 place du Petit College, 69005 Lyon, France
04 72 56 74 06
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Ranked #25 of 69 Attractions in Lyon
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Geneva, Switzerland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The setting is great, but the museum is disappointing. More like an exhibition of some interesting pieces from the archives, hardly any interesting object to see. Lyon has a 2000-old, fascinating history and should deserve more.

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Ambilly, France
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

lots of stuff to see, be quick on the first rooms as not really interesting... the part on the corporations of Lyon (18th cent) is way better. Huge building which would take too long if you wander too much so just go as you walk.. not a must seen but Worth the time if you have any.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

In Musee Gadgane you'll find 2 museums in one charming building: History museum that has a very interesting audio-guide that explains about Lyon's history during several centuries and a smaller Marionettes museum that is quite charming. You can buy a combined ticket for both museums or just for one of them. In the 4th floor there is also a Cafe... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The building itself is of great interest, in that its corners and shafts have been used imaginatively. There are translations of most of the information boards. In the more-recent history sections there are many on display with some topics, such as Freemasonry and Revolutions, and minimal coverage of other elements of social history. There is a relatively small but extremely... More

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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I love museums, lived in Lyon, and wanted to learn what happened in Lyon in comparison with the better know history of Paris. The amount of content is overwhelming. I spent over four hours and had to have my audio guide replaced when the batteries ran out. I particularly liked the rooms on the French Revolution, which played out very... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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444 reviews 444 reviews
383 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The museum is big, but is not that interesting. It is the usual old style museum with boring displays. I did not learn much about Lyon history.

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Merles, France
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90 reviews 90 reviews
41 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Lyon has a long history and the story of its development is extremely well told in the first of these museums. Exhibits are arranged partly chronologically by floor and partly by genre: this can be confusing if you are bent on specific research, but I recommend wandering at will as everything is well signed and explained. The early looms are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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206 reviews 206 reviews
94 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Museum is in the heart of the old town . It gives a good history of lyon and its worth paying the extra for the puppets. It's set in an old mansion and contains several good exhibits showing the rich history of the city

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Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The museum was a somewhat selective historical review of Lyon. The items displayed were clearly individually very well prepared and some extremely impressive and overall quite interesting. It claimed to chronologically review the city's history but three items should be noted: . The English language auto guide did not match the relevant rooms number compared to its contents and this... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Musee Gadagne is a wonderful little museum about the history of Lyon, as well as another section of the museum devoted to marionettes (which are closely tied to the history). We didn't see the marionette section, but the history was wonderful! It was free for students and they offered free lockers for our bags, which was perfect for our... More

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