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Musée Lumière, Lyon

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Musée Lumière is an homage to French film-making. The museum honors the work of Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the fathers of film-making and the inventors of the cinematograph. Located in the Lumiere family home, the museum was founded by a Lumiere grandson. One of the earliest motion pictures was shot just outside the home. You’ll see inside the family life of the first film visionaries and learn about their early experiments. The institute works to preserve early French films. It is from their effort that you can still view some of the first film footage ever recorded. To visit Musée Lumière on your trip to Lyon, use our Lyon vacation trip planner.
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  • We spent almost two hours into this history corner, and it was well worth it. It's easy to reach, just near a subway station, and minutes away from our hotel. Definitely a must see for movie goers.  more »
  • I loved my visit here - both for the wonderful building and the history of cinema - but you do need to opt for the audio tour unless you read French.  more »
  • The actual mansion is beautiful. The presentation of the Lumiere story is very limited. If you are not French, rent the audio guide or you will miss most of the history. The : "hangar" where the world...  more »
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  • Interesting and well presented information about the history of the brothers and their family background. Admission fee was ok, though almost all the texts are in English. I bought an audioguide which was easy to use and included a lot of information in clearly spoken English.
  • One of my favorite museums in Lyon. Small and easily accessible.The only caveat is that most of the exhibits are in french only. Even though the (very cool) film about the Lumiere brothers isn't subtitled, I think the images speak for themselves and are interesting even if you don't understand the words.
  • The visit was a bit deceiving as not all floors were open and available for the visit (1 floor over 4). I expected to see more things about the history of cinema but the museum showed only a couple of cameras with few explanations. It's nonetheless an interesting subject and visit. The visit is free with your Lyon Card pass giving you access to all the museums for free as well as illimited transportations in the city. It's a one hour visit.
  • Take the audio guide if you do not understand French. Great collection and replicas of the Lumière inventions from cinema to artificial limbs. Don't miss the early movies displayed on small monitors.
  • Small but a great museum to visit if you are into cinema and photography.