Lyon Art Galleries
(Lyon, Rhône Alpes, France)
Lyon is home to a number of truly exceptional art galleries, with the Musée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) being a true highlight and reputed to be second only to the famous Louvre in Paris
. Boasting a huge collection of outstanding paintings, many of which have been created by famous artists, art works at Lyon's Musée des Beaux Arts are both traditional and contemporary in style and include a number of impressive impressionist pieces.
Art lovers in Lyon should also look out for the Musée d'Art Contemporain, where modern works of art, including both paintings and sculptures, are displayed to their best advantage in stylish surroundings. The history of fine art and the French contemporary arts scene are also both well represented in Lyon's many art galleries.
Musée des Beaux Arts
Address: 20 Place des Terreaux, 69001, Lyon, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 7210 1740
A real jewel in the city's crown, Lyon's fine arts museum is not to be missed. Situated within a former Benedictine abbey, the Musée des Beaux Arts houses a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities. Known in particular for its collection of sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, it is also a popular place for devotees of 20-century artists' work, including that of Picasso and Matisse.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:30 to 18:00
Musée d'Art Contemporain
Address: Cité Internationale, 81 Quai Charles-de-Gaulle, 69006, Lyon, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 7269 1717
One of Lyon's main tourist attractions for modern art lovers, the Musée d'Art Contemporain is also reputed to house the largest collection of installation art in Europe, if not the world. The museum moved to its current location in the Cité Internationale in 1995. Its vast space includes modern paintings, sculptures, films, photos and videos, as well as regularly changed temporary exhibitions. Visitors to the gallery can take time out in its popular café, which overlooks Lyon's largest park, the Tête d'Or.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 12:00 to 19:00