The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon (French: Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon) is a municipal museum of fine arts in the French city of Lyon. Located near Place des Terreaux, it is housed in a former Benedictine convent which was active during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was restored between 1988 and 1998, remaining open to visitors throughout this time despite the restoration works. Its collections range from ancient Egyptian antiquities to the Modern art period, making the museum one of the most important in Europe. It also hosts important exhibitions of art, for example the exhibitions of works by Georges Braque and Henri Laurens in the second half of 2005, and another on the work of Théodore Géricault from April to July 2006. It is one of the largest art museums in France.
Until 1792, the buildings belonged to the Royal Abbaye des Dames de Saint-Pierre, which was built in the 17th century. The abbess always came from the high French nobility and here received the personalities of the kingdom. The institution had a particularly aristocratic slant, as is shown by its renovation by Louis XIV of France in the 17th and 18th centuries. The present state of the palais Saint-Pierre is largely down to these renovations, which included the construction of the baroque refectory and monumental honour-staircase, said to be by Thomas Blanchet. Since then, the refectory has been renovated and now serves as the reception for group visits, as well as housing two monumental paintings on the subject of dining, The Multiplication of the Loaves and The Last Supper, both by Pierre-Louis Cretey. The rest of its current layout was designed by Nicolas Bidaut and Simon Guillaume and is made up of sculptures.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Goran Kljucevic | Dec 27, 2017
First of all, their address on Google maps is wrong. If they would take 5 minutes to correct it, that would be great! Then, they locked us in and at exactly 1800 everyone was gone.. Just a group of 10 of us...few kids.. Stuck in the twilight zone in the restaurant which is somewhere in between the museum but apparently not part of the museum. In the end, the security opened a few doors for us.. And we were free. Too bad i gave my jacket to the cloakroom.. Security took us around.. Luckily my jacket was still hanging there. So.. Don't let your stuff there! The building and exhibition we went to was nice.. But beware at 1800 sharp all employees will disappear!
fox charnock | Aug 26, 2017
Fine art museum. Full of things like antiquities from Greece, Egypt etc. Easy to get around. There are also plates & past decorative items, coins, old furniture and the odd tapestry to look at. Oh, and paintings and old vases. Some of the more famous artists paintings upstairs.
Lisa Rankin | Dec 14, 2017
Beautiful building. Loved the sculpture gallery in particular. I was disappointed to see some of the labelling missing on the ceramic displays.
Nicolas De Smyter | Dec 6, 2017
It's not the biggest museum I've ever visited, but they have all sorts of art works I can appreciate
Andy Ng | Sep 24, 2017
This small art museum houses a good selection of fine classical pieces spanning multiple periods. Good place to be and stroll through on a weekend afternoon. The courtyard is a peaceful respite away from the bustle of the square, Place see Terreaux, directly outside.
paul scott-griffiths | Mar 29, 2018
Tip. If you’re in Lyon and will visit more than one museum think about a carte musée. This has really good expositions throughout the year that range from bizarre to wow-that was amazing. Nice, but expensive, cafe. It’s probably my favourite art gallery in Lyon.
Jason Fritz | Mar 28, 2018
Enormous, well paced, and excellent collection of statuary, antiquities, and paintings from the 16th century to the 20th. A fine cafe at the mid-way point makes it easy to spend the whole day here - and you'll need it. 8€ for a non-student adult all-day pass, with complimentary coat and bag check.
Garth Drury | Mar 14, 2018
Los Modernos (temporary exhibition): Only 3 Frida Kahlo paintings and rather haphazard curating although linked to genuine Franco-Mexican influences and exchanges of the first half of the 20C. But still good.
Albena Todorova | Mar 6, 2018
Wonderful museum. If the audio guide worked properly, would have been even better.
Bertrand Viala | Apr 14, 2018
Great collections dont miss the egyptology section with great temple parts and mummies
Peter Bromley | May 17, 2018
A really nice place to come and sit, read a book. Plenty of shade when the centre of Lyon is hot, which is often in the summer. Great painting collection on show inside, all the big name's. At the right time can be very quiet, so get here early.
Ian Y | Jul 2, 2018
Stunning Museum with various masterpieces. Museum also include a vast selection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian Artifacts. Enjoyed it more than the Louvre as it is less crowded and it gives you the possibility to enjoy the masterpieces with more tranquility . Free entrance with the Lyon city Card
Louis Toogood | Jun 14, 2018
A place with lots a beautiful piece of arts. The staff welcomes you very warmly. The little shop at the end is quite memorable itself.
Jeroen Mul | Jun 28, 2018
It was crowded with schoolchildren and there was no clear route through the museum which made it confusing and seemingly random. Obviously the artworks are amazing but the museum could be better.
Sophia Yap | Jun 21, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Many paintings housed in this beautiful building with an amazing courtyard.
Shubhankar Agrawal | Jul 14, 2018
Pretty good place. Got some nice sculptures and some paintings big in nice. Not many famous names, but can spot a few such as Renoir, Sisley and Matisse. Lot of places nearby to eat and drink. The museum can take up 2-3 hours as it is not that big. Passes are available which you can share amongst several museums of Lyon.
Ali Safa | Jul 29, 2018
Very big one, with excellent selection from several civilizations and eras. Also there's a whole floor for paintings. And the events that happen there are so enjoyable.
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