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Review of Institut & Musee Lumiere

Institut & Musee Lumiere
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Owner description: 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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“Brilliant place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We visited this museum as it was one of the few places open on a public holiday. We are so glad that we made the journey. It is a brilliant museum housed in a lovely art nouveau house. The history of the Lumiere brothers and film making is fascinating, and exhibits are well displayed and interesting. Outside, the wall of film directors who have visited is amazing. There are still some remains of the original Factory building. We spent an enjoyable and informative couple of hours here, and then took a long walk back to our hotel through the 'Film district'.

Visited May 2013
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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

There is a metro stop called Institute Lumiere. Small and well presented. It seems that it is in the old residence (Villa) of the Lumiere brothers. Cameras and old cinematographic tools on display. They run some old films at times.

Visited May 2013
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Kyogle, Australia
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“Interesting If You Are Interested In Film....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

This museum is a short Metro ride from the centre of Lyon. It is house in the old Lumierre mansion which architecturally is interesting in itself. If you are interested in how the Lumierre brothers developed the film making process or interested in film then visit but otherwise it will hold little interest especially if you have kids in tow. There inside you will find the process the brothers developed from start to finish with the equipment as it progressed through the years along with plenty of films to watch. It's something to do if the weather is bad and will take about an hour to walk through. Use an audio guide as most of the explanations are in French.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

There are two reasons to visit this museum. The first is to see the history of the Lumiere brothers and their contributions to film making, and the second is to see a gorgeous villa built at the beginning of the 1900s in the art nouveau style. I really enjoyed both. The signage for the museum is very good and photography is permitted. There are many examples of early films and a time line of 120 years of history of the Lumiere family. At the end, there was a great little gift shop with many postcards and some cute souvenirs.

Visited April 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Great if you are interested in the history of filmmaking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Many movies shot from 1895 (!) by the Lumiere brothers, displayed in the house they grew up in, I liked those best. Also on display, some of the first cameras ever.
In addition to one of the comments below: if you don't speak French, hire an audio device so you can hear everything explained in English (or in some other languages for that matter).
Must visit for those that are interested in filmmaking and photography!

Visited April 2013
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