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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization
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Owner description: This museum of artwork, weapons, coins and other artifacts from ancient Rome is a reflection of Lyon's Roman past.
Portland, Oregon
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Well worth the time”
Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Designed to display this collection, the museum is built into the hillside; two "light canons" overlook the Roman theaters, with seating for weary or reflective visitors. A gradual ramp winds down through three floors of attractive, open exhibit spaces, organized thematically. Overall, the museum tells its story effectively; and the scale is nice, not too big, not too small. The English audioguide is well done and provides just the right amount of coverage.

Visited May 2014
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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

After walking around the nearby Roman ruins, we made our way to this museum. We were very happy to find that we were there on a "free entry" day, including complimentary audio guides, so that was a bonus. The building itself is very modern and while it feels quite open, the displays are set up in such a way that you follow a set path. There is plenty to see and learn about, with the amazing mosaics being the highlight for me, as well as the huge windows allowing you to look back over at the ruins outside. The audio guide provided some fascinating insights into the Roman history of Lyon (or what used to be there) and we had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours.

Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not very impressive”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Not at all impressive maybe because I have seen those of Turkey / Italy. But if you are visiting the Notre Dame de Fourviere, you can take a 5-10mins walk downhill here.

Visited May 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Possibly the worst museum I've been to”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

As someone who loves not only history but museums I have to say this one was incredibly poor. The layout makes very little sense and they seemed more eager to place large pieces of stone on display than anything that could provide insight into general life in Roman Lyon. Epitaphs are lovely, but 40 of them are a bit of overkill. Our first mistake was getting an audio guide, it took what should have been and educational experience and turned it into a joke. Most of the audio was an attempt to act out a bit of Roman life, with very little relation to the piece attached to the segment. The rest of the audio guide was uncertain speculation that left the listener confused about the validity of the artefact. The only redeeming quality of the museum is the large portion of ruins next to it.

Visited April 2014
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Katy, Texas
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85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“If you love Architecture see it for that alone”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

wow! built into a hill-side with two room sized windows letting in light, and providing a framed view of the theatre and odeon. Of course mosiacs, statues galore, pottery, not just coins but coin molds themselves, many scale models of what buildings and even the original town looked like when at it's prime. As a "I Claudius" fan from the 1970's interesting to know this is his birthplace. After walking Lyon to then see that the town founder had the entire hillside terraced and built 80 kilometers of aquaducts I have new appreciation of the genius and human effort the Romans had> Humbling to ponder. Also after seeing the big stage wall at Orange, gives you a feel for the scope of their Empire.

Visited March 2014
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