Museum Of Gallo-roman Civilization Or The Odeon And The Roman AmphitheatreCurrently Closed
Fourviere Hill is where the history of Lyon is! If you’ve read the Asterix comics, then you know Lugdunum – Capital of the Gauls, because that’s what they called Lyon all that time ago. On this hill then, which once upon a time used to be the centre of Lyon, are three awesome attractions. The first of these is the museum – an architectural marvel constructed in such a manner that it blends right into the historic hill rather than stand out. You can barely tell it’s there from the outside, yet the spacious interior comprehensively details Lugdunum life from 43 BC to the early Christian era. The main collection, called the Five Centuries of Discovery are largely made up of objects, inscriptions, statues, currencies and ceramics, many of them over 2000 years old.
The Roman Theatre complex on the other hand is probably the city’s most visited attraction. It was dedicated to Emperor Augustus and can hold 4500 people; renovations now have converted that to 10000 – a necessary improvement. Why? Because every summer the nights here light up with Nuits de Forviere festival, a cultural highlight of Lyon. Close by is the small Odeon Theatre (regularly used for performances even now), and these together are one of the only two such pairs in Gaul.
You can cover the entire complex simply walking around. There will usually be some college students around, relaxing on the stairs. See if you can engage in conversation.
- For the best experience, visit the museum first, then the theatres.
- The English audio guide is brilliant
- Adults : 4 Euros , Age (18-25) and large families and groups of 10+ : 2.50 Euros.
- Entry is free up to eighteen years.
- 2 Euros per person for Guided tours.
- Temporary exhibits are for EUR 3 or EUR 2 for reduced.
- Free entrance for all guests on Thursday.
- Vieux Lyon Metro Station
- La Terrasse De L'antiquaille
- Restaurant Tetedoie
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63.04% of people who visit Lyon include Museum Of Gallo-roman Civilization Or The Odeon And The Roman Amphitheatre in their plan
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Worth a visit if you are in Lyon, but not worth a trip there. Some excellent mosaics and, of course, the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. Numismatists will be disappointed. Lugdunnum was home to an Imperial mint, but the coin collection on display is remarkably poor.
This was a really nice experience! Informative and easy to follow. The museum tells an engaging story. My only reason for holding back one star, is the lack of coverage of the christian religion, so important through half of the roman era, and especially in Lyon, which became early on a christian center, featuring such figures as Irenaeus. The roman gods and temples are covered really well, but the history of the church is limited to a small collection of tombstones. But all in all, great value for the entrance fee!
An absolute must if you are interested in gallo roman history. The city of lyon to this day is uncovering artifacts around the area helping solve its historical puzzle. The amphitheatre beside the museum is incredible.
Really good museum. I like the mosaics a lot. They are very well preserved and presented. If you like Roman history this one is a must see!
Big museum with lots of stuff and well integrated into the surroundings. There are areas with big windows that overlook the Roman site outside. Really well designed. But there is no cafe or restaurant in the museum.