20 Place des Terreaux

Phone: +33 ( 0)4 72 10 17 40
Fax: + 33 (0)4 78 28 12 45

Musée Des Beaux Arts De Lyon

The Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon has just celebrated the bicentenary of its creation, and is one of the largest French and European museums. Situated in the centre of Lyon, between the Rhone and the Saone, it occupies a magnificent seventeenth century building.
Its collections, spread over 70 rooms, offer visitors an exceptional discovery of art from antiquity to modern times. The collection is regularly enriched thanks to an active policy of acquisition which works notably with donators, be they collectors or artists’ descendants.
The museum is a living and working space. 130 people work here daily to welcome the public to the heart of its collections and exhibitions.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

From the land of the pharaohs to ancient Rome, the department of Antiquity presents more than 3 000 years of Mediterranean history. Egyptian civilisations, Near and Far East, ancient Greece and Italy are presented in its rooms.

The department of Objects of Art presents some true wonders, from the middle ages to the twentieth century: Byzantin ivories, painted enamel from Limoges, Renaissance porcelain, Islamic art, Oriental ceramics and the Hector Guimard Art Nouveau chamber.

The coins and medals collection houses treasures discovered in Lyon, at the place des Terreaux and at the théâtre des Jacobins, as well as from the surrounding area. The collection is rich of 50 000 coins, medals, seals and jewels. The collection is the second largest numismatic collection in France, after the Parisian collection held at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

A selection of the museum‘s drawings, prints and engravings are regularly on display for temporary exhibitions, but the collection needs to be conserved away from light due to the pieces’ fragile nature. The collection illustrates some fine examples of nineteenth century French drawing, and a rare troubadour collection. Equally well represented are the Italian, Northern and French schools of the sixteenth to twentieth centuries

The painting department presents a panorama of painting from Primitive Art to Modern Art. Pérugin, Véronese, Rubens, Géricault, Delacroix, Monet, Gauguin, Manet, Picasso and Matisse set the scene for the discovery of the principal trends of European pictorial art.

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Jacques Stella (1596 - 1657)
Until 19 February 2007

First large exhibition dedicated to Jacques Stella, major painter of eighteenth century French Art, and probably one of the most original artists of his time. This exhibition, in the artist’s birth town, retraces Stella’s diversity through 200 paintings, drawings and engravings. Chronicler of daily life, painter of the angels and Madonna, inventor of classic and sacred subjects, illustrator, occasional portraitist and frequent landscapist, Stella commands grace and emotion.
The exhibition was designed by Gilles Chomer (1950-2002), art historian at the Université de Lyon 2 and at the CNRS, who collated the exhibition content with passion. His premature death incited his friends and students to complete the work he had begun.

Les Dessins Orientalistes
Until 2 April 2007, 10am - 1pm and 2pm-6pm (closed on Tuesdays)

A selection of 15 drawings by four nineteenth century French painters from the museum’s Cabinet of Graphic Arts. The most recognised of these, Eugene Delacroix, reveals, through his notebooks from Morocco, 1832, a romantic fascination with the civilisation he discovered there.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Le Temps de la Peinture, Lyon 1800-1914
20 April - 30 July 2007

An exhibition of painting originating from Lyon, to coincide with the Esprit d’un siecle, Lyon season taking place in all of the area’s cultural institutions. The exhibition will present work from various genres, dating to World War One. Révoil, Richard, Jacquand, Berjon, Déchazelle, Thierriat, Saint-Jean, Castex-Dérange, Bonnefond, Genod, Frenet, Guichard, Seignemartin, Bellet du Poisat, Puvis de Chavannes, Séon, Allemand, Appian, Carrand and Ravier are among the artists shown, from the museum’s collection as well as from private loans. The exhibition will also evoke the Exposition Internationale de Lyon of 1914.

L'Egypte Antique
October - December 2007
Exhibition of objects spanning 3000 years, from the collection of l’Institut d’Egyptologie Victor-Loret.


Permanent collection
6 € Full price
4 € Concessions

8 € Full price
6 € Concessions

Entry to both collection and exhibition
10€ Full price
7€ concessions

Free for children and under 18s, students less than 26 years

Opening hours

Open everyday except Tuesdays and public holidays, from 10am to 6pm. Open on Fridays from 10.30am to 6pm.

Partial closing of the following sections between 12pm and 2.15pm:
Sculpture collection (chapel)
Antiques and art objects (first floor) closed between 11.55am and 1.05pm
Painting collection, Graphic Arts Cabinet and temporary exhibition closed between 1.05 and 2.15.

Library open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5.45pm

Document Library open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5.45pm, by prior appointment.

Garden open 7.30am to 7pm in the summer, and 7.30am to 6pm in winte


The museum is fully accessible to disabled visitors. A wheelchair is available with prior notification.

A cloakroom is at visitors’ disposal.

The bookshop is open everyday except Tuesday, from 10am to 5.45 pm, and on Friday from 10.30am to 5.45pm. 04 78 29 68 15

The museum Boutique is accessed via Rue Paul Chenavard. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 7pm. 33(0)4 78 30 98 41

The tea room, Les Terrasses Saint Pierre is located on the first floor of the museum. Open everyday except Tuesday, from 10am to 5.30pm, and on Fridays from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Light lunches, drinks, patisseries are available, in this charming room overlooking the garden, and in which Raoul Dufy’s monumental La Seine, de Paris a la Mer, hangs.
Groups and reception bookings taken, please phone 33(0)4 72 10 17 40

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Guided tours of the museum every Sunday at 3.45pm, duration 1 hour. (except 11 March and 15 April). Until 29 April, 2007. No reservation needed.

Tours in English, Italian, and Sign Language available on request.

Family tours available


School groups are welcomed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 6pm, on Fridays from 10.30am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Bookings must be made 2 weeks prior to visiting. 25 students maximum, with 2-6 supervising teachers, according to students’ ages.
Please phone +33 (0) 4 72 10 17 56


Wednesday 21 March, 10.15am. Duration 1hour 30 mins. 5-7 year olds
Workshop for children to familiarise themselves with various colours and to understand the relationships between them.

Workshops and activities for students and young people, in association with the Theatre Nouvelle Generation, the Université de Lyon 1 and the Centre National de Ressources Enfance, Art et Langue will be running throughout 2007. Please phone for more information +33 (0) 4 72 10 17 56


One year membership allows free access to the entire museum collection and exhibitions, other Lyon museums as well as discounted rated on activities.

38,10 € Full price
19,80 € Concessions

Venue hire

The tea room, Les Terrasses Saint Pierre, s available for group functions and lunches. Please phone 33 (0)4 72 10 17 40