Lyon in your living room

During this difficult period when our movements are limited, try (re)discovering Lyon from another point of view – your couch!
“How?” we hear you ask. Simply by connecting with museums and attractions and through the work of talented photographers or initiatives run by local residents.
Follow the (virtual) guide to discover Lyon from your home and keep your kids busy at the same time!

This article will be updated regularly so check back from time to time.

Last updated date : 09/11/2020

Walk through the streets of Lyon as if you were there

If you live in Lyon or the surrounding area, chances are you are in love with your beautiful city. This means it is difficult to give up your walks along the banks of the Saône or strolls through the Presqu’île district! 
Fret not, as we have a solution for 360° visits of Lyon, which may even be a chance to discover new neighbourhoods to explore in the near future! 
Never been to Lyon before? You can get a taster of what our destination has to offer to prepare your visit! 
To do so, follow photographer Brice Genevois for a virtual visit through the streets of Lyon, its squares, its parks… Or visit iconic local landmarks with Blog in Lyon's interactive map. Enjoy your visit!

To admire beautiful pictures of Lyon, take a look back at this article by Antoine on the best of Lyon on Instagram or the archives of our ONLYLYON Instagram account


Discover Lyon's cultural offering without leaving your home

Whether it's to give you a taster for a future visit, or a chance to escape from daily life, cultural institutions, museums, attractions and artists are making part of their works available for free, all just a click away.  
First, you can download the  Google Arts & Culture app which offers virtual visits of Lyon, to discover works at the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) and its permanent visitor trails, return to the origins of humanity with the Musée des Confluences, immerse yourself in the world of opera and dance at the Opéra National de Lyon and relive Lyon's recent Contemporary Art Biennales! 

If you are curious, you can explore the 6200 online guides of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, discover the history of puppets through the podcasts of the Musée des Arts de la Marionnette or find out more about the history of Lyon thanks to the audio guides of the Musée d’Histoire de Lyon.

The Musée des Confluences also has an application that alows you to explore the museum's rooms to discover their amazing architecture and iconic items in its collections. 

To take a journey back in time, the CHRD (Resistance and Deportation History Centre) has videos that present objects from its collections and downloadable audio guides

The Romans have not been forgotten thanks to the Lugdunum Museum, which offers online audio guides and presentations of its collections

Entrée du Musée © Lugdunum Musée

The Fondation Bullukian Bullukian is opening the virtual doors of its latest exhibition "Fragments mouvants" (moving fragments) by artist Lionel Sabatté.

The Maison de la Danse is staying in touch with visitors via the Numeridanse platform, a free online video library. Here, you can find artists and creators, view web documents, consult the youth portal and more. 

Lastly, the Planétarium takes you on a journey with the Space Academy programme, which features original activities for kids and adults to discover every day (including astronaut training, interviews and quizzes). Follow the Facebook page

Discover the creativity of the people of Lyon

At a time when creative initiatives and free content are growing fast on the web, here are a few initiatives by people in Lyon that offer a chance to discover their worlds.
Local street artist Ememem was going to present an exhibition of his delicate and poetic urban artworks at Fluxus until April the 4th. That was until it had to close... But wait! You can visit the
virtual exhibition, which includes comments by the artist!

For those who like to move it, local DJ Laurent Garnier, star of the French electronic music scene, who we are delighted to see every year at the Nuits Sonores, has put a 7-hour mix online, to put some rhythm into your days! (Remember to keep it at a reasonable volume for the neighbours).

We look forward to seeing you soon in Lyon for real!


Julie was not born in Lyon, but she did decide to start her family here! Not that long ago, she would spend most of her evenings out at concerts... Although she has already bought ear defenders for her little 19-month-old boy, so that he can discover the joys of live rock and electronic music (soon!), she is now much more of a morning person as a mother.

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