Cité Internationale, 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle

Phone: +33 4 72 69 17 17
Fax: +33 4 72 69 17 00

Musée D'Art Contemporain De Lyon

Situated within Lyon’s Cité Internationale, by the banks of the Rhone and near the park Tete d’Or, the Musée d’Art Contemporain is at the heart of a scenic and pleasant area.

In 1984, when the museum was located within the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, a particular interest in the production of art work began. These works, be they a new project for the artist or a continuation of a earlier concept, were produced in the museum, for the museum, in direct collaboration with the artist and became a part of the museum’s collection. This gave an opportunity to artists to experiment with form, idea and dimension, and to create work in harmony with the space itself.

The museum’s politics of production imposed upon the architect to create an interieur space which could be entirely modified, in order to cater for the demands of the numerous artists using the space as well as the diverse exhibition spaces designed by the curators.

Be it for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Russian Mountain, Ann Hamilton’s Crying Wall or Mathieu Briand’s Salt Water Pool, the museum transforms itself for each artistic project and thus proposes diverse experiences to its public.

The collection is shown, therefore, only at the time of its relevant exhibition. The museum closes for periods of six weeks between each exhibition to allow for the creation of each new space.

Permanent Collection

Contemporary Art museums collect works created by living artists. Consequently, they are largely focused on current artistic practices, but without ignoring historic trends that have led to those of today. When the museum was established in 1984, it set itself the objective of completing the contemporary art collection that the Musée des Beaux Arts lacked. To achieve this, it developed a politic of production of works of art in parallel with an exhibition programme of current trends and practices.

In this way, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon is unique in its maintenance of the relationship between collection and exhibition. This relationship has been strengthened thanks to productions, acquisitions, donations and deposits of art works. Between 1984 and 1992, the collection benefitted from financing from the city of Lyon as well as from the French Government. Since 1996, it has been funded by the city of Lyon and the Fonds Régional d’Acquisition pour les Musées, which brings together the state and the Rhone-Alpes region. Today, the collection boasts 900 works of art and has an exhibiting potential of 35,000m2.


Biennale of contemporary art until January 8, 2008.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Keith Haring retrospective
February 22 - 29 June 2008.


Full price 10 €
Concessions 7 €

(Concessions are given to groups of 10 or more people, large families, students, employees of the Offices de Tourisme et Syndicats d’Initiative du Rhone, disabled people and their accompanier)

The museum is free for under 18s, school groups, Jobseekers, Journalists, Art Critics with AICA card, ICOM/ICOMOS card holders, employees of the city of Lyon, members of MAPRA and members of the Armée de Terre.

Opening hours

The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 7pm. Friday from 12 pm to 10 pm.

Between each temporary exhibition, the museum closes to prepare for the next exhibition. Therefore please check opening dates before planning your visit.

The ticket office closes 20 minutes before the museum shuts.

The museum is closed every Monday, 1 May and 25 December

Getting there

By bus: take line 4, C1 or 58 to stop Musée d’Art Contemporain. Bus C1 can be taken from Lyon’s Part Dieu train station.

By metro: Take line A from Perrache station to Bellecour station, and change to bus 58 for the Musée d’Art Contemporain stop.


The Café du Musée, with a terrasse overlooking the park Tete d’Or, is open during museum opening hours.

Our documentation centre is situated in the basement, and is open to students, researchers and professionals by appointment.

Our bookshop is situated in the basement and is open during museum opening hours.

The museum has disabled access via the entrance next to the cinema.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Bookings for groups of more than ten people must be made by phoning +33 4 72 69 17 19

Private group visits can also be booked outside of normal opening hours. These generally take place after 7pm by reservation only.


Bookings for school groups must be made by phoning +33 4 72 69 17 19


Commentated tours take place at 3:30pm on Sundays and are open to all members of the public without prior reservation.


We cater for childrens’ birthday parties and allow them to discover contemporary art through our specially designed tours.

Available Wednesday and Saturday afternoons during exhibition periods. Groups of 15 children, aged 5 and over. 50 euros for the tour lasting 1 hour and use of a room afterwards. Must be reserved by telephone 15 days in advance.


Membership to the Musées de la Ville de Lyon allows free and unlimited access to the following museums:

Musée d’Art Contemporain
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Musée Gadagne
Musée de l’Imprimerie
Musée de l’Automobile Henri Malartre
Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation

A membership for one year costs 38.10 € or 19.80 € for concessions and can be purchased at the ticket office of any museum in the city of Lyon.

Venue hire

We have a conference room available for hire for assemblies, press conferences, or private functions. The room has a 72 person capacity, projection facilities and fixed screen. Available for half day and full day bookings.

We also take bookings for private evening viewings, with dinner (up to 75 people), cocktails (up to 450 people), or the use of our VIP lounge (up to 100 people).