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Institut & Musee Lumiere

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Address: 25 rue du 1er Film, 69352, Lyon, France
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+33 4 78 78 18 95
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the...

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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I arrived 30 mins before closing and the receptionist didn't want to let me in. After some persuasion she did let me enter. It was a delightful place to visit and it would have... read more

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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I arrived 30 mins before closing and the receptionist didn't want to let me in. After some persuasion she did let me enter. It was a delightful place to visit and it would have been nice to have more time but I am glad to have had a short time there.

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Clayton, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Are you interested in cinema? Then this is the museum for you. Located in their former home, this museum tells the story of the Lumiere brothers development of movies. Besides a lot of original equipment, there are many early movies showing and those are quite fascinating. If you don't speak French, then the audioguide is a necessity; it was only... More 

Thank Dale W
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum tells the story of the birth of cinema through the history of the Lumière brothers. The exhibition was rather small but well selected and showed objects, films, posters, photographs which alltogether gave an excellent view of the period. The location is the Lumière's own beautiful art noveau house, which adds a lot to the atmosphere. Most of the... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traced the history of moving pictures from inception by the Lumiere Brothers, located in the former family home. A must see for anyone interested in photography or film studies

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't know that the Lumiere brothers were from Lyon and I was so happy to visit this house-museum. So intersting to see the birth of the cinema and all the inventions from this genius family.

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Eastport, Maine
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Elegant old home of the Lumiere brothers, who together created the first moving pictures. Exhibits of their first films, each less than a minute long, plus other devices in the genre. I was particularly impressed by the large, exquisitely carved rooster at the bottom of the stairs in the ground-floor lobby, and plenty of other Art Deco touches throughout the... More 

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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

The Institut Lumiere includes a cinema, gallery and museum. We visited the museum which is in the original house of the Lumiere Brothers. It is right by the Line D metro station Mon Plaisir Lumiere - about a 10 min ride from Vieux Lyon. The museum contains a lot of exhibits of the original cameras other projection equipment. Most of... More 

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

A one hour visit will give you both the fascinating history of the Lumière family and a peek at a wonderful art deco building. There is some English but the 3 Euro guide is recommended, if you don't speak French.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

This is a Mecca for cinéphiles. And rightly so. Martin Scorsese and a raft of other film greats have made the pilgrimage to the home of the Lumière brothers. Wonderful collection of vintage cameras, projectors, and precursors of cinema. Throughout the lovingly preserved home, films and videos of landmark moments in the history of cinema.

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Lyon, France
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

If you are staying in Lyon south of France for say, one week, and are interested in culture, then a must see place is this Lumiere house & museum. Maybe you didnt know that these Lumiere Brothers invented the cinema, film making technique ? It was there that the first ever movie film was made, on the side street aptly... More 

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