Museum of fine art in Lyon

Situated in the ancient, seventeenth century Abbey of the Dames de Saint-Pierre, the Museum of fine art in Lyon is the city’s benchmark art institution. It comprises 70 rooms divided into five departments: Antiques, Art Objects and Sculpture, Medals, Nineteenth and Twentieth century Sculpture, and a Collection of European Painting dating from the fourteenth century to 1980.

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A must see:

The door of a Medamud temple featuring hieroglyphs and Ptolemy IV with a red crown facing the vulture goddess Nekhbet who wears a white crown.
La Chambre de Mme Guimard by Hector Guimard, one of the Art Nouveau artists.
L’adoration des Mages by Rubens, which is frequently reproduced as a tapestry.
La Monomane de l’envie by Géricault. It’s impossible not to be moved by her vivid, pointed gaze!
Study of a Bullfight by Francis Bacon, a strong canvas that makes you feels unbalanced and attracted to the centre of the arena.

Temporary exhibition:

Look at the Lyon arts scene in the twentieth century - 4 December, 2015 - 10 July, 2016
The museum offers a new presentation of its modern and contemporary section focusing on the Lyon arts scene in the twentieth century, Pierre Combet - Descombes, until the generation that emerged in the 1980s: Stéphane Poacher , Christian Lhopital , Marc Desgrandchamps, Patrice Giorda...
Supplemented by loans from other collections. This presentation highlights some figures and some key moments of that period in Lyon, and also allows to question the uniqueness of the Lyon arts scene.

Museum of fine art in Lyon
20 Place des Terreaux - 69001 Lyon, France
Entrance to the exhibitions: 16 rue Edouard Herriot
Open daily except Tuesdays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, open Fridays from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.

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