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 Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon)
Wednesday-Monday 10am-6pm (10:30am on Fridays)
20 Place des Terreaux, Lyon, France
One of Europe’s largest art museums, the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts offers visitors a grand art-historical survey. Its collection, which is displayed across more than 70 galleries and encompasses 5,000 years of history, comprises everything from Egyptian sarcophagi and centuries-old medals and coins to Renaissance masterworks and 20th-century paintings. The museum is itself an architectural icon, thanks to its spectacular convent setting.
The Lyon Museum of Fine Arts is included in the convenient Lyon City Card scheme. It’s easy to plan a flexible, self-guided tour of its collection.
Easy way to get around
We found the 3 day Lyon card a cost effective and easy way to travel around the city. Scanning the card on Public transport was easy and time saving. Museums too. And it included a boat trip and walking tour. Excellent value for money
Nicholas A, Oct 2019
Things to know before you go
- The Lyon Museum of Fine Arts is accessible to wheelchair users.
- A cloakroom is available for smaller personal items; large bags and luggage are not permitted to be stored on site.
- English-language tours of the galleries are held every Saturday afternoon for a small fee, and can be booked in advance online or over the phone.
- Audio guides are available for free at the museum’s entrance.
- The free Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon smartphone app makes it easy to navigate the museum independently.
- The museum’s courtyard garden provides a tranquil place to relax, while Les Terrasses St. Pierre is a convenient dining option for visitors.
How to get there
Poised just next to Lyon’s lovely Place des Terreaux square, the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts is located in the city’s 1st arrondissement. If traveling by public transit, take Métro line C to Croix-Paquet, or line A to Cordeliers. The museum can also be reached on foot, by bike, or by taxi.
When to get there
The museum is open daily, except on Tuesdays and public holidays. The last admission of the day is 30 minutes prior to closing time. As the museum hosts a regular schedule of temporary exhibitions, it’s worth planning repeat visits.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
- Musée Miniature et Cinéma
- Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)
- Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)
- Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)
- Bellecour Square (Place Bellecour)
- Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon)
- Lyon Les Halles Market (Les Halles Paul Bocuse)
- Tête d'Or Park (Parc de la Tête d'Or)
- Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon)
- Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (Musée d'art Contemporain de Lyon)
- Lumière Institute (Institut Lumière)
- Resistance and Deportation History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation)