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Institut & Musee Lumiere

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Address: 25 rue du 1er Film, 69352, Lyon, France
Phone Number: +33 4 78 78 18 95
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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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Visiting the site of the beginnings of film

I had not heard of the Lumiere brothers so this was new to me. The museum displays on its wall a number of early films, including the very first - workers exiting a silk factory... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Katharine G
Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had not heard of the Lumiere brothers so this was new to me. The museum displays on its wall a number of early films, including the very first - workers exiting a silk factory. You have to stop and watch them all. Interestingly the films were not at all jerky the way we have seen other early films. Also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I loved the lion carving on the handrail on the ground floor and the huge window! My husband doesn't speak French so the lack of information in English was somewhat disappointing and we didn't find out about the audio-guides until later. The museum was spread over two floors, not four as we were led to believe. The best bit so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...then you must visit this museum. An extensive display of equipment and images from the Lumieres' era. Not a museum to hurry, but allow 2 hours to watch a selection the movie clips. Possibly one of the best museums in Lyon.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband is much more of a film-lover than I am, but I thought I'd find enough to keep me from being too bored, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this museum. We got free entry with our Lyon City Cards, but paid 3 euros each for audio guides, which were definitely worth it. I enjoyed looking at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It takes well over an hour to do this right with the audioguide, but the Lumiere's were amazing and contributed so much to photography and film. So many inventions, and a great place to learn about them. Try to avoid the school tour groups though!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to the Musee Lumiere should be a must for anyone interested in the history of motion pictures. This museum shows the inventions of the brothers Lumiere from Cinematograph No 1 in 1895 through to their later achievements. Great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ''Villa'' is beautiful and the Museum presents a full spectrum of the talents of the Lumiere family, not only in photography and movie art, but also in industrial technologies and science.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating collection of items from the early days of French cinematography: old equipment, photos, all well explained. The most interesting part was the room where films from the late 1890s were shown, including shots of Berlin, New York, Morocco, London, Liverpool and of course France.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

So, I'm a photographer and visual artist and I just died and went to heaven inside this place.. but I was really disappointed that I got charged a full ticket even though only 2 floors were open (apparently there's 4?) I must say that if you don't speak French GET THE AUDIO GUIDE the information from this audioguide is so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

The Museum has an amazing collection of original material and objects, plus the building itself is worth a visit. Take time to visit the wonderful cafes in the area - great vibe true Lyon

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