Museums & Monuments

St Jean Cathedral
This 12 century cathedral includes a gothic exterior,whilst Inside is fine stone carving, beautiful stained glass and an intricate 14th-century astronomical clock. Based at 8 Place St Jean, Vieux Lyon (69).
Amperes Museum
Museum dedicated to the founder of Electricity.The museum is held in his former home and features many demonstrations and hands on exhibits. Based at 300, route Ampere, Lyon (69)
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Fine art museum holding over 1,800 paintings, objects and sculptures from Ancient History to the Renaissance, and the only Islamic art collection in France outside Paris. Based at 20 Place des Terreaux, Lyon (69).
Institut Lumiere Museum
Museum devoted to the Lumieres, inventors of cinema. The museum examines the familys forays into photography and three-dimensional cinema. In summer there is a popular outdoor cinema festival. Based at 25 rue du Premier Film, Lyon (69).
Museum of Roman Gaul
In ancient times Lyon, known as Lugdunuum, was the biggest city in Gaul. This museum has a huge collection of sculpture, art, coins, pottery and other items from the times of the Roman Empire. Based at 17 Rue Cleberg, Lyon (69).
Tony Garnier Museum
Musuem illustrating a key period in the history of urban planning and architecture. At 4 rue des Serpollieres, Lyon (69).
Fabrics Museum
Museum holds one of the worlds richest collections of historic silk tapestries and other precious fabrics. The 18th-century mansion also houses fine furnishings and silverware in the Decorative Arts Museum. Based at 34 Rue de la Charite, Lyon (69).
The Forez-Jarez Archaeological Centre
Shows, mock-ups, videos. Guided tours of the Roman aquaduct of Gier and archeological outings. Six areas covering the prehistoric, Gallic and Roman eras. Located at 4 bis rue Andre Malraux, Saint-Etienne (42).
International Museum of Miniatures
A homage to small things, the International Museum of Miniatures was founded by the miniaturist Dan Ohlmann. It is filled with tiny versions of all sorts of things and housed at 60 rue Saint Jean, Lyon (69).
Museum of Modern Art
Major national and international museum which specialises in modern and contemporary art. Large collections of paintings, sculptures, designs and photographs. Based at La Terrasse, Saint-Priest en Jarez (42).
Musee dArt Contemporain
Situated in the futuristic Cite Internationale, the Musee dArt Contemporain was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and holds a large collection of contempory art. Based at 81 Cite Internationale, Quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon (69).
Museum Of Historical Saint-Etienne
Museum showing the vast history of Saint Etienne with exhibits depicting its past as France’s first manufacturing city. Located at 13 bis rue Gambetta, Hotel Jullien-Chomat de Villeneuve, Saint Etienne (42).
Pompier Museum
Museum with 2 floors exhibiting a variety of objects related to firefighters, including fire engines, fireman’s outfits as well as a collection of 1,400 helmets. Ave de Champagne au Mont dOr, Lyon (69).
Fossil Museum
Museum housing over 1000 fossil exhibits mainly from the Rhone area. The museum also has collections of rare stones and minerals. Based at 4 quai Anatole France, La Voulte Sur Rhone (07).
Resistance and Deportation Museum
Located in former Gestapo premises on the Saones East Bank, This museum holds large collections of wartime memrobilia. Based at 14 Avenue Berthelot, Lyon (69).
Lyon Contemporary Art Museum
One of Europes largest collections of modern contemporary art with a permanent collection of over 1,100 works of art by living artists and focussing on current artistic trends. 81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon (69).
Sacred Art Museum
Collection of sculptures, silverwork, silk and commemorative works. Regular temporary exhibitions focussing on other religious cultures and contemporary religious art. At 8 place de Fourviere, Lyon (69).
Museum Of Africa
The museum presents various aspects of African culture and traditions, especially Western Africa. Exhibiting 2126 artifacts and also boasts an African library. Based at 150, Cours Gambetta, Lyon (69).
International Footwear Museum 
The museum tells the story of footwear from ancient to modern times and houses a collection of footwear from around the world. At Portail Roger Vivier, Rue Bistour, Romans-sur-Isere (26).
Archaeological Park
This site features a monumental ancient theatre and aqueduct, alongside the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation. Once the capital of the Western Roman empire, today Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located at 17 rue Cleberg, Lyon (69).
The Museum of Urban Transport
Museum holding large collection of all forms of Transport from trams to buses and lots of other vehicles. Only open on Thursday afternoons.Based at les Grands Mats, Saint-Priest en Jarez (42)
Basilica Notre-Dame
Situated on Fourviere Hill, is the ornate 19th-century Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviere.The esplanade behind the citys imposing landmark has a panoramic view across Lyon which is especially lovely at night. Located at 8 Place de Fourviere, Lyon (69).
Printing Museum
Set in a 15th century building, the museum exhibits the history of printing and its techniques, books and prints from the 15th to the 21st century. Based at 13, rue de la Poulaillerie, Lyon (69).