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“History museum of lyon”

Musee d'Histoire de Lyon
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Ranked #46 of 233 things to do in Lyon
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Museum is in the heart of the old town . It gives a good history of lyon and its worth paying the extra for the puppets. It's set in an old mansion and contains several good exhibits showing the rich history of the city

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The museum was a somewhat selective historical review of Lyon. The items displayed were clearly individually very well prepared and some extremely impressive and overall quite interesting.

It claimed to chronologically review the city's history but three items should be noted:
. The English language auto guide did not match the relevant rooms number compared to its contents and this was confusing;
. A room and its successor did not necessarily follow a strict time line and appeared to reflect more items being found later and added to the next room, but it seemed that the displays reflected more the items available than the history and its importance. The displays appeared to concentrate too much on some times (because of the curators own interest or the availability of items) and ignore other long periods (that may not have been productive or significant - but see below); and
. The periods of the Two World Wars in the 1900's, especially the Second World War, were not well covered or even reviewed in any real context. The Period 1939 to 1945 appeared to not exist. Even if a very difficult period to explain and deal with, any historian who wished to provide a historical review would have provided details even if it was a display of both sides view in an unemotional basis.

As a consequence, with undoubtedly impressive and well prepared individual displays, I did not feel that the museum and its obvious high cost and maintenance expenses (plenty of guards etc) it did not leave me excited that I understood Lyon's history or a real feel for the nature of its people (even with the industrial and workers rights issues that were addressed well at times).

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Musee Gadagne is a wonderful little museum about the history of Lyon, as well as another section of the museum devoted to marionettes (which are closely tied to the history). We didn't see the marionette section, but the history was wonderful! It was free for students and they offered free lockers for our bags, which was perfect for our little backpacking group. If you're interested in museums and history, then you definitely have to see this one. If history isn't quite your thing, then you should look into the other unique museums in Lyon, because there are tons!

Thank Meg D
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Musee Gadgne are in fact two museums under one roof. The first museum provides a cursory overview of Lyon's modern history which thanks much of its prosperity to its central location and the fabric industry. There are plenty of maps to display the changes in the landscape and portraits of important figures in the history of Lyon, especially from the 17th century and onwards but not much to truly set this museum apart from any other you might have visited. Most unique are the two large looms on display. The free audio guide is informative but wasn't updated to show the changes in lay-out due to a temporary exhibit.
The marionnette museum is exactly that: a (very) large collection of marionnettes the kids don't get to play with. There's an overview of marionnettes of different countries and how they were used in street theatre to comment on the local authorities but unfortunately no examples of the actual performances or information on how marionnettes are made differently in different countries.

Thank Tom C
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

well, i must admit that we did not visit either of the museums but we did find a lovely garden on the roof. very peaceful. it is next to the cafe.

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