Famous Museums in Lyon

The museums in Lyon give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Lyon with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Lyon. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Lyon.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Lyon.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Lyon:

  1. Musee Miniature Et Cinema

    4.7 (1787 Votes)
    Musee Miniature Et Cinema

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Cinema

    This could easily be one of the world’s best museums! The name might be a bit misleading – this place has nothing to do with Lilliput cinema. Rather, it hosts two kinds of exhibits – one of miniature art and the other of special effects in film. Don’t ask me why that combo works but it does, and it’s amazing, just fascinating. The Miniatures: These are set out in ...Read more
  2. Musee Des Beaux Arts

    4.5 (802 Votes)
    Musee Des Beaux Arts

    Art Museum, 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 fo...Read more
  3. Institut Lumiere

    4.5 (878 Votes)
    Institut Lumiere

    Art And Culture, Museum, Educational Site

    The museum is a tribute of love – Maurice Trarieux-Lumière, the grandson of Louis Lumiere (father of modern cinema), started this place in 1982 in honor of the his grandfather and great uncle (AugusteLumiere). It aims to conserve various cinematic art, and to impart cinematic education through education, publishing and exhibitions. That’s why it’s also known as Cinema&r...Read more
  4. Museum Of Textiles And Decorative Arts Or Musee Des Tissus Et Des Arts Decoratifs

    Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Do you have a fetish for different kinds of cloth or ridiculously gold looking and classical interior decor? Come here and salivate at one of the richest textile collections in the world – covering about 4000 years worth of cloth history. The museum functions as two different museums though both are covered with the same ticket. The textile museum’s collection began accumulation in ...Read more
  5. African Museum Of Lyon

    4 (395 Votes)
    African Museum Of Lyon


    Not exactly the sort of place you’d expect to find this, but hey, let’s roll with it. The museum is actually pretty well done and it’s one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Created in 1861 by the Societe des Missions Africaines, the museum exhibits are divided into Everyday Life (Level 1), Social Life (Level 2), and Religious Life (Level 3). These are mostly focused on...Read more
  6. Musee Gadagne

    Art Museum, History Museum

    If you are in the mood to visit a museum, check out Musée Gadagne. Found in the center of theVieux Lyonin the Saint-Jean quarter, the museum holds 80,000 sculptures and pottery and paintings, tracing the rich history of Lyon. You can also see illustrations and maps showing the development of the city.
  7. La Maison Des Canuts

    4.2 (16 Votes)
  8. Memorial National De La Prison De Montluc

    4 Rue Jeanne Hachette, 69003 Lyon, France
  9. Musee Des Tissus Et Des Arts Decoratif