Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, Lyon

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Follow Lyon's evolution from the middle ages to the 19th century at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon. Artifacts, sculptures, pottery, and paintings depict the beginnings of the city and highlight its expansion. For a whimsical twist, visit the first-floor collection of 2,000 marionettes constructed in the style of Guignol, a famous puppet master whose influence is still seen in modern-day puppets. To visit Musee d'Histoire de Lyon on your holiday in Lyon, and find out what else Lyon has to offer, use our Lyon travel itinerary planner .
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  • New Gadagne Museum includes 2 Museum-Museum of the history of Lyon and Marionettes Museum. New Gadagne Museum is located in the beginning of XVI century mansion. The building belonged to a wealthy Florentine family bankers new Gadagne, hence the name of the mansion and Museum. After the brothers new Gadagne bowls, each won one of the two main parts of the building, and in the 17th century the building was finally divided into two halves. In history museums exhibits telling about the life of the city during the Roman Empire, medieval and Renaissance: archaeological finds, bas-reliefs and sculptures from churches, furniture, paintings, maps, engravings, ceramics. The Museum is quite difficult to navigate and figure out where you want to go, and not miss a significant part of the exhibition-in the building of many transitions, sometimes narrow passageways, followed by new room with interiors. Marionettes Museum occupies a much smaller rooms than History Museum. Probably, it will be more interesting for children. Be sure to take the 4 floor, where there is access to the roof with a restored medieval garden with ornamental and medicinal plants and a small fountain.
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  • In this Museum of the history of Lyon. Big plus the ticket lasts all day. You can come and go
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  • Museum of the history of Lyon. Rewarding well done. Can be a bit messy at the level of the signs. For my part the Museum of puppets has not convinced me... but I'm not a fan!
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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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