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Museum of the History of Lyon - Gadagne Museums

Musée d'Histoire de Lyon Musées Gadagne ©
Musée d'Histoire de Lyon Musées Gadagne © musées Gadagne / S. Serrad
Musée d'Histoire de Lyon Musées Gadagne © musées Gadagne / S. Serrad
With its 30 exhibition rooms, the Lyon history museum invites you to discover the key stages in the city's history. Drawing on the 80,000 items in its collection, for anyone keen to discover Lyon, this is a place to begin your exploration of the city.
Located in the heart of Vieux-Lyon, the Gadagne ensemble is a magnificent Renaissance structure that houses two major museums: the museum of the history of Lyon and the museum of puppets of the world. Thanks to an approach that presents the overall picture, from the capital of the Gauls to the 21st century, the museum of the history of Lyon is a resource that encompasses the city and all its facets. The visit starts with the "musée de l'oeuvre" that evokes the history of the setting: the Gadagne buildings, the largest Renaissance ensemble. The visitor then travels back through Lyon's history: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. A presentation of the landmarks in Lyon's territorial and urban development enable an understanding of changes and specific features in the city's economic, social, religious and cultural landscape. Free audioguides and multimedia devices complement the visit and explain different aspects of the collections presented. The museum offers numerous activities: themed tours, shows, workshops for children and adults, walks through the city, etc. Services: educational workshops, small theatre, terrace gardens, Gadagne café. And soon, a research centre will be available by appointment.


Educational visits, Themed tour, Shop, Tourist routes, Restaurant, Tour free of charge, Guided tours



Langues parlées

English, Spanish, French, Italian

Contact details

1 place du Petit Collège 69005 Lyon 5ème

Tel. : 04 78 42 03 61


Adult: 4 to 6 €.
Free entry for children < 18 years.

Museum Pass : € 25/year with full access into 6 museums of the town.

Entrance free: job seeker (upon presentation of a current proof), disabled persons with their companion.

Free audioguides for both museums and the visit of Gadagne House.

Opening times

Open from Wed. to Sun.: 11 am-6.30 pm except from July 8th to Sept. 3rd 2017: 9.30 am-6.30 pm.
Closed on Jan. 1st, July 14th, Aug; 15th and Dec. 25th.


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Lyon City Card Admission to 21 museums is free with the Lyon City Card