A new art museum is open in Lyon since 18 March 2017, opposite Île Barbe, close to the family home and the painter’s studio.

It displays the work of Jean Couty (1907-1991), a Lyonnais painter whose fame extends far beyond Lyon, throughout the world.

Last updated date : 29/06/2019
Open from Wed. to Sun.: 10 am-6 pm. Closed on Jan. 1st, May 1st, Nov. 1st and Dec. 25th.
Jean Couty Museum 1 Place Henri Barbusse - 69009 Lyon 9ème

His son, Charles Couty, wanted to pay tribute to his father by creating this museum dedicated to Jean Couty’s work, but also to contemporary art with exhibitions by other artists.

The museum displays 120 paintings by Jean Couty, some 30 works on paper, as well as various documents, archives, sketches and items that belonged to the artist.

His preferred themes? Lyon, his city, for which he had a true passion, as well as other places visited on his travels, and landscapes. From his architectural training, he retained a soft spot for painting buildings, such as Roman churches, wharfs, building sites, Fourvière and La Croix-Rousse.

His very colourful style plays on contrasts, with a great expressiveness but without violence, demonstrating his attachment to his deeply humanist values.

The route through the museum displays the painter’s periods, his techniques and themes, from his first works in the 1930s, depicting sites around his studio, up to his later travels.

A place to discover as much for the paintings as for the personality of the artist.


Entrance to the museum is included in the Lyon City Card



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  • Open from Wed. to Sun.: 10 am-6 pm. Closed on Jan. 1st, May 1st, Nov. 1st and Dec. 25th.
  • Full price: 6 €
    Reduced price: 4 €
    Adult: 4 to 6 €
    Teenager: 4 €
    Child (12 years): 0 €
    Student: 4 €
    Disabled: 4 €
    Group adults: from 4 €.

    Free entry for children < 12 years.
  • Included with the Lyon City Card
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
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Jean Couty Museum

1 Place Henri Barbusse - 69009 Lyon 9ème

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