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Maria-Anne Privat Savigny

The Gadagne Museums, a perfect starting point to explore Lyon

Maria-Anne Privat Savigny, former Director of the Gadagne Museums

Maria-Anne Privat Savigny, ex-Director of the Gadagne Museums

This exceptional Renaissance building is home to two museums: the museum of the history of Lyon and the puppet museum.

What can you find at the Gadagne Museums?

This exceptional Renaissance building is home to two museums: the museum of the history of Lyon and the puppet museum. The former retraces Lyon’s history from the Middle Ages to the present day via 100,000 objects: paintings, engravings, objets d'art, textiles, tools and books. The latter presents a collection of 2,800 puppets and sets, traditional Guignol puppets as well as puppets from around the world.

 

What are your favourite pieces in the museums?

My favourite piece in the history museum is a painting that depicts the arrival of Louis XIII in 1622, with an enormous procession showing the king and all the dignitaries of Lyon, it’s a very impressive painting. In the puppet museum my favourite has to be a piece from Bali: two magnificent puppets that represent good and evil in battle, they are real little sculptures.

What makes the Gadagne Museums so unmissable?

The history museum is the perfect starting point to explore Lyon since so many elements are explained, and we are the ideal introduction to so many other museums and monuments in Lyon. The puppet museum is particularly rich and it enables visitors to meet one of Lyon’s most famous characters: Guignol! Finally, I would advise any visitors to St-Jean to stop off for a few minutes in our magnificent terraced garden. It is a truly magical spot!

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