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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization

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Address: 17 rue Cleberg, 69005, Lyon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 72 38 81 90
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient...

This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient Rome is a reflection of Lyon's Roman past.

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Great for history lovers!

This museum was well laid out. It had a lot of interesting artifacts. However, if you're not interested in the ancient Roman times, it would be easy to get bored. If you like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was well laid out. It had a lot of interesting artifacts. However, if you're not interested in the ancient Roman times, it would be easy to get bored. If you like learning about the ancient Roman civilization, this is an absolute must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting friends in Lyons and came across two adjacent Roman amphitheaters on a hillside near this museum. Sound crew were setting up for an imminent concert. The Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization was a wonderful find. Numerous informative exhibits enlightened us about things we were never taught in school, at any level (my wife and I undergraduate degrees and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an exceptional museum (with an audioguide included in the very reasonable entry fee) that provides an excellent overview of the Roman period in Lyon, which began in 43 AD (founded as Lugdunum, and was a hub for Roman Gaul).The museum focuses on Lyon's importance in Roman times, and there are exceptional artifacts including a bronze chariot from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A gem of a museum and excavated site of ancient Rome, close to Lyon is well worth the visit if you are at all interested in ancient Rome. First you visit the museum with unbelievable mosaics and recreated towns and houses of ancient Rome. Then you walk down a ramp and visit the excavations. Both the museum and the excavations... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This museum is located directly outside the two Roman amphitheaters located up on the hill in Lyon. It has a lot of old Roman ruins in it but not much English. We rented the audio guide to get some English and that helped. If I had it to do over again, I might have breezed through the museum faster to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Vast collection of archaeological objects found in Lyon and adjoining areas is perfectly systematised along the visitors’ rout. Stunning mosaics. At the beginning, the visitors are proposed to watch a multimedia presentation of Lugdunum (Roman Lyon) history, which is very informative. Long the rout some more multimedia are offered, for example about the Theatre and Odeon nearby. Fine Gallic items... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We were not sure when we arrived which way to go. Walk up the rocky path to the ruins. Then at the ruins, having scene the odeon (theater) and the forum, turn right and go to an elevator which takes you up five floors to the beginning of the museum. Then you "ramp" back down to the bottom level. Outstanding... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Built into the hill, which subdues the Brutalist style of the building, it offers wonderful insights into the Roman history of Lyon and its surroundings. An amazing number of antiquities have been recovered in the region, including several magnificent mosaic floors. They are very well displayed. A bonus is the current exhibition on the uses of earth as a building... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Nice museum illuminating Lyon's illustrious past as Roman outpost, and later, capital of Gaul. The treasure is the "Claudian Tablets," 2000 year old bronze tablets with a speech by Roman Emperor Claudian engraved on them, found in Lyon is 1558.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Really nicely done, built into the hill just above the Roman theater ruins--see review--it spirals down several floors and has a couple of strategic big windows offering a great view of the ruins. Do not skip the 15 minutes holographic presentation (they offer headsets for foreign languages) which summarizes beautifully the long history of the city. We only had time... More 

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