The best museums in Lyon in October 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Lyon, France, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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  1. Musée Miniature et Cinéma1

    Musée Miniature et Cinéma

    Musée Miniature et Cinéma (the Miniature and Cinema Museum), formerly a museum of miniatures and film sets is a private museum in Lyon. The musuem is founded by the miniaturist artist Dan Ohlmann and is housed in the historic listed building of the 'Maison des avocats'. The museum holds two permanen
  2. Musée des Confluences2

    Musée des Confluences

    Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon. It hold a collection of natural science, anthropology, and Earth Sciences and exhibits related to arts and crafts. The museum features 4 main exhibitions called 'Origins - Stories of the World', 'Species - the Web of life', '
  3. Musee des Beaux-Arts3

    Musee des Beaux-Arts

    Musee des Beaux-Arts (The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon) is a municipal museum of fine arts in Lyon and is one of the largest art museums in France. The museum is housed in a former Benedictine convent of the 17th and 18th century. The Musee des Beaux-Arts holds diverse collections consisting of objec
  4. Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière4

    Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière

    Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière (The Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière) is a museum on the Gallo-Roman civilisation in Lyon. The museum is located near the city's Roman theatre on the Fourvière hill. Musée gallo-romain de Fourvière holds a collection of Roman, Celtic and pre-Roman material, inclu
  5. Musée Lumière5

    Musée Lumière

    Musée Lumière is a museum in Lyon that is devoted to Auguste and Louis Lumière, inventors of the cinématographe and fathers of the cinema. The museum is founded especially to honour their contribution to filmmaking. The musuem is housed in the house of the Lumière family. Visitors can discover the i
  6. Aquarium of Lyon6

    Aquarium of Lyon

    The Aquarium de Lyon is a privately owned aquarium situated in the city of La Mulatière, within the metropolis of Lyon. It was inaugurated in 2002, following two years of construction. The aquarium was established by Maurice Chichportiche, who also owns the Aquarium d'Intra Muros in Saint-Servan/Saint-Malo and is the founder of the Grand aquarium Saint-Malo.
  7. L'Antiquaille7


  8. Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs8

    Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs

    The Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs is a museum in Lyon that is housed in two 18th century hôtels particuliers and actually consists of two museum: the Museum of Textiles (Musée des Tissus) and the Decorative Arts Museum (Musée des arts décoratifs). The museum holds a very large collection o
  9. Museum of the Resistance9

    Museum of the Resistance

    The Centre d'histoire de la résistance et de la déportation (the Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation), also called the Museumm of the Resistance is a museum in Lyon that is situated on the former site of a French military health school. The museum illustrates the French Resistan
  10. Maison des Canuts10

    Maison des Canuts

    Maison des Canuts (The House of the Canuts) is a museum in Lyon that collects and exhibits traces of Lyon's industrial development based on silk produce. The House of Canuts offers guided tours with demonstration of weaving on a loom. During guided tours, the history of Lyon silk from 1536 until tod
  11. Zoo de Lyon11

    Zoo de Lyon

    The Zoo de Lyon (Zoo of the Park of the Golden Head), formerly known as Zoological Garden of Lyon, is a French municipal zoological park in Lyon. The zoo was founded in 1858 by Claude-Marius Vaïsse and is home to a little more than 300 animals representing 66 species.
  12. Musée d'Histoire de Lyon12

    Musée d'Histoire de Lyon

    Musée d'Histoire de Lyon is a history museum in Lyon that is housed in Hotel Gadagne. The museum houses the historic collections of the city and presents it chronologically, illustrating the cultural history of Lyon since the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century, with more than 80,000 objects in
  13. Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc13

    Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc

  14. Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon14

    Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon

    Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon is a museum in Lyon that is dedicated to the heritage of printed books and graphic arts. The museum holds various collections that show the beginnings of Western printing from the 15th century to the 20th century.
  15. Musée d'Art contemporain de Lyon15

    Musée d'Art contemporain de Lyon

    The Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon is a contemporary art museum in Lyon and presents works created by artists directly on the site. The permanent collection of the museum is the largest European group installations ever assembled in a museum. Besides this permanent collection, the Musée d'Art cont
  16. La Sucrière16

    La Sucrière

  17. Soierie Vivante17

    Soierie Vivante

    In the Soierie Vivante museum, visitors can visit the workshop to learn more about weaving techniques and experience the technique of weaving by themselves.
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    Musée des Automates

    The Automatons Museum (Musée des Automates) is a museum in Lyon that holds a collection of 250 automatic puppets that are showcased in seven rooms, including twenty different animated scenes.
  19. Musee UrbainTony Garnier19

    Musee UrbainTony Garnier

    Musee UrbainTony Garnier (The Tony-Garnier urban museum) is an open-air museum that allows you to discover the architectural contribution of the noted architect and city planner Tony Garnier who is considered the forerunner of 20th century French architects.
  20. Musée des sapeurs-pompiers de Lyon20

    Musée des sapeurs-pompiers de Lyon


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