Lyon – a city of museums

True repositories of human genius through the ages, museums abound with knowledge, creativity, beautiful objects, accounts and discoveries.

Museums today are constantly evolving and living spaces, which open their doors wide to share their collections and knowledge with as many people as possible.

With temporary exhibitions, videos, interactive games, guided tours, creative workshops, conferences, shows, night-time openings and more, there are many ways to spread the joy of knowledge.

Bring your children to the museum: workshops, game booklets and fun tours are also provided for children to learn while enjoying themselves.

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Automobile Museum Henri Malartre

On the banks of the Saône, 11km north of Lyon, the Rochetaillée-sur-Saône castle Belle-époque and its 3 ha wooded park, houses the collections of...

Antiquaille - Cultural Center of Christianity in Lyon

This new cultural space dedicated to the history and the birth of Christianity in Gaul also has what is believed to be the prison of Saint Pothin. It...

Fine Arts Museum

In a former 17th-century abbey, the museum boasts one of the largest collections of European works of art (Véronèse, Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin,...

Soierie Saint-Georges

Get to meet one of the last canuts in Lyon, in a workshop where silk is still very much part of everyday life!

Doctor Mérieux's museum of biological sciences

In the institute's old laundry room, find out how the vaccine, first discovered in the 17th century by Jenner then developed by Pasteur in the 19th...

The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication

In a city which was once the capital of bookmaking in the 15th and 16th centuries, the museum offers a unique overview of the history of books and...

Soierie Vivante

Located in the heart of the Croix-Rousse district, Soierie Vivante preserves two canut home weaving workshops that belong to the town. A guided tour...

Laundry Museum

Based in a former factory belonging to Etablissements Gladel, washing machine makers from 1902 to 1991, the museum exhibits 200 items dating from the...

Institut d'Art Contemporain - IAC

The Institute of Contemporary Art creates and conducts research into contemporary art, organises exhibitions and events and puts together...

La Maison des Canuts

La Maison des Canuts opens the doors of its workshop to the public. Brocade, velvet or figured silk... The secrets of these exceptional silks will be...

Musée des Confluences

It is one of the latest great contemporary museums which alone are enough to justify a trip to Lyon. So of course, you wouldn't miss this visit for...

Textile and Decorative Arts Museum

The Textile Museum has 2000 years of history of textiles (the first collection in the world) and the Museum of Decorative Arts is one of the few...

The Guignol Little Museum

In this small museum, Guignol is king! You will discover a wide collection of puppets and other unique items bearing the image of small wooden Lyon.

National Memorial Prison of Montluc

Once the prison of Jean Moulin, Marc Bloch, the Children of Izieu and 8,000 Jews, French resistance fighters, Montluc, a German prison in the city of...

French and Chinese New Institute of Lyon

Based in Lyon in 1921, the Franco-Chinese Institute was the first Chinese university outside China. Symbol of Sino-Lyonnaise relationship, the New...

Museum of Ancient Art Castings

Created in 1899 in a former shed-roofed textile factory with a large depot in which it is housed, the museum exhibits a large collection of ancient,...

Tooling Museum Jean Butaud

Museum of the history of hand-craft exhibiting hand-crafting and building tools and equipment from several professions: painters, tilers, masons,...

Museum of the Military History of Lyon

The museum presents a cultural journey of 2000 years of history, from Lugdunum to the modern day. Via its lecturers, historians and military experts,...

Ampère House - Electricity Museum

French scientist André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836) spent his youth on his family's estate 10 miles northwest of Lyon. His mansion now houses the Museum...

Museum of Automatons

The museum presents a collection of moving characters, all manufactured in its workshops and carefully displayed in keeping with the main heritage...