Musee Des Beaux Arts

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France
  • Timings: 10:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 33-472101740
  • Ticket Price: 7 EUR
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Museums, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Sculpture

Classic big and posh museum. The building, between the rivers Rhone and Saonne, is impressive enough. It was once an abbey, though the nuns were expelled in the French Revolution – probably for receiving too many aristocrats. It was called the The Palais du commerce et des Arts for a while and gained a lots of artworks, archeological items and natural history exhibits. The Lyon School for artists was born here. Today, a staff of 130 employees maintain 70 rooms of exhibits. These exhibits include:


  • French painting (16th to 18th century)
  • 19th-century French painting
  • 14th- to 18th-century Italian painting 
  • Spanish painting (mainly 17th century)
  • German, Flemish and Dutch painting (mainly 16th and 17th centuries)
  • 20th-century painting 


  • Rodin: The shadow, or Adam (1902) and The temptation of Saint Anthony (1900)a sculpture by Léon-Alexandre Delhomme representing Democrites meditating on the seat of the soul (1864)
  • A sculpture by Emile Antoine Bourdelle representing Carpeaux at work (1909)
  • A Venus (1918–1928) by Aristide Maillol
  • An Odalisque(1841) by James Pradier,
  • A group by Antoine Etex representing Caïn and his race cursed by God

Also included in the musuem are 600+ antiquities from Ancient Egypt across nine thematically arranged rooms, artefacts from the Middle East, Ancient Greece, Ancient Room, Islamic and Byzantine Arts, Far East ceramics, a collection of over 50000 coins and graphic art from 20th century onwards.

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  • Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Sling carriers and light strollers are made available for those bring babies.
  • Wheelchairs are made available at exhibition entrance.
  • Use the free audio guide.
  • Make sure you check out the restaurant, the museum shop and the absolutely lovely courtyard in the centre.
  • Do not touch the works.
  • Do not  smoke, drink or eat in the rooms.
  • Do not  use a flash.
  • Do not  take pictures of the exhibitions.
  • Do not use a cell phone in the exhibition rooms.
  • Do not bring bulky objects or animals into the museum and garden.

  • 4 Euros for certain ages and categories. Ask.
  • 9 Euros for exhibitions (EUR 6 for reduced categories).
  • Buying a museum + exhibition combo will get you reduced rates.

  • Garden is open 8.30am to 6.30pm all year.

  • Hotel de Ville- Louis Pradel Metro Station (Line A and Line C)

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  • L'Etage
  • Chez Paul
  • Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges

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  • Musee Des Beaux Arts Address: 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France
  • Musee Des Beaux Arts Contact Number: 33-472101740
  • Musee Des Beaux Arts Timing: 10:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Musee Des Beaux Arts Price: 7 EUR
  • Best time to visit Musee Des Beaux Arts(preferred time): 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Time required to visit Musee Des Beaux Arts: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 44.9% of people who visit Lyon include Musee Des Beaux Arts in their plan

  • 93.04% of people start their Musee Des Beaux Arts visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Musee Des Beaux Arts

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

68.29% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Musee Des Beaux Arts

People normally club together Place Des Terreaux and Museum Of Textiles And Decorative Arts Or Musee Des Tissus Et Des Arts Décoratifs while planning their visit to Musee Des Beaux Arts.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Not bad way to spend a couple hours strolling around but France has many more impressive collections of fine art. If you have time in Lyon it's worth a visit but I preferred the Museum of Communication & Contemporary Art.

  • We spent a good couple of hours there and it had some lovely sculptures and numerous rooms on several floors filled with a wide range of artwork spanning the ages. There are quite a few notable paintings and other items here and the free leaflet was very informative, highlighting on a floor plan exactly where these key works were to be found. Definitely worth visiting.

  • Enjoyed this museum immensely, they had antiquities from Egypt and Rome, plus some gorgeous paintings from some of the masters. Entry fee was also reasonable.

  • Wonderful selection of fine art spanning many centuries and laid out beautifully. Lots of space to take your time and absorption this historical context and beautiful art. My favourite by far is the marble sculpture exhibition displayed in a beautiful part of the museum.

  • What a fabulous museum and gallery. Not too crowded and a wonderful and diverse collection of art. Bonus is the peaceful and large courtyard garden.

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