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“Excellent collection of art” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee des Beaux-Arts

Musee des Beaux-Arts
20 place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France (Terreaux - Bat D'argent)
33 04 7210 30 30
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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #10 of 145 things to do in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Home to an impressive collection of paintings, both French and international.
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“Excellent collection of art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This museum is a huge place, you could easily spend all day exploring it. I suggest starting on the second floor, which has an extensive chronological collection of paintings. It is by no means comprehensive, but does have a good selection of French painters and is strong for Impressionists and modern art.

By that point you'll be ready for lunch. There is a nice (but expensive cafe) on the first floor, or (if you bring your own food) you can eat outside in the peaceful cloisters.

In the afternoon have a good look at the 19th and 20th century sculptures in the old abbey building, then wander round the first floor which has Egyptian antiquities and a varied selection of objets d'art from many different cultures.

An audioguide is included in the ticket price and is informative.

Visited October 2013
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Well worth a good chunk of your time in Lyon. Covers a wide variety of material from furniture to sculpture. Some really good items. I would say this is a top attraction in Lyon

Visited September 2013
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“Worthwhile Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We spent the day touring this delightful museum stopping for a lunch break. There is so much to see, and it is difficult to see it all even in a day. The building itself, a former Benedictine Abbey, is worth spending time looking at, the beautiful staircase, the ceilings, corridors and cloisters and the garden with it's sculptures, are majestic. The museum provides a free audio guide in the language of your choice. It was really nice to see a number of school children groups visiting the museum and developing a love of the arts. We visited in the autumn and there was no crowds so we were able to get close to the exhibits which was really nice.

Visited October 2013
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“Perfect for a Short Museum Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I spent a delightful two hours touring this museum. The building itself is beautiful and the arrangement of the exhibits flows well from era to era. The collections cover a broad range of periods and subjects from the Roman Era artifacts through Art Nouveau furniture. I would definitely visit this musem again the next time I am in Lyon as there is much more to study than was possible in two hours. Also, I visited in December so it was too cold to enjoy the lavish gardens in the middle of the courtyard. Next time...

Visited December 2012
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“Ok, but......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I was not too impressed. It just seemed rather old fashioned and poorly laid out. No details in English(OK i'm in France, but it doesnt compare to the Roman Museum)..

Visited September 2013
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