With three days in UNESCO-listed Lyon, you have plenty of time to experience the city’s history, cuisine, and surrounding vineyards. Cross the Saône and Rhône rivers, step into the cathedral, taste world-renowned wine, and more. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Lyon.
Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (Musée d'art Contemporain de Lyon)
81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, France, 69006
The Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art—typically known as macLYON—has a collection of more than 1,000 works housed in its stunning building, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Arriving by public transit is an option, but travelers that want to enjoy Lyon's weather often prefer a bike tour that passes the museum. To avoid ticket lines, visitors with limited time should purchase a Lyon City Card in advance—access to macLYON and dozens of other institutions is included.
Things to know before you go
- Arts enthusiasts shouldn't miss macLYOn's galleries celebrating featured artists, and showcasing everything from sound installations and dance to performance art.
- To see more contemporary work, visitors should attend the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, held every other year.
- Admission for guests 18 and under is free and reduced for visitors aged 25 and younger.
- Lyon City Card holders are admitted at no charge.
How to get there
Find the Museum of Contemporary Art at 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, in the 6th arrondissement. A great option for visiting the museum is by bus. Hop on the C1, C4, or C5 bus. If you're traveling from Old Lyon, the C5 bus is your best bet. Get on at Cordeliers—just across the Alphonse Juin Bridge—and get off at the Musée d'Art Contemporain stop.
When to get there
The Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art is closed on Monday and Tuesday, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. The museum periodically closes to hang new exhibits. To confirm the galleries are open, make sure to check the calendar before you arrive. Though most exhibits are indoors, the café patio is most enjoyable in the spring and early summer, between May and July, since August tends to be quite hot.
Enjoying an Afternoon in Tête d'Or Park
One of the standout attractions in Lyon is the Tête d'Or Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or). The park boasts fountains, a lake, and expansive lawns. Kids and families enjoy the Botanical Garden—at the southern end of the park—and the Lyon Zoo, which is free to visit. To stroll through the park, walk out the main entrance of the museum, and find the park is straight ahead.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Tête d'Or Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or)
- Lyon Les Halles Market (Les Halles Paul Bocuse)
- Lyon Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon)
- Lyon Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice Historique de Lyon)
- Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
- Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)
- Musée Miniature et Cinéma
- Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)
- Bellecour Square (Place Bellecour)
- Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)
- Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon)
- Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon)
- Lumière Institute (Institut Lumière)
- Resistance and Deportation History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation)