To see and to do in Lyon (non classified)

The mur des Canuts
Boulevard des Canuts, 69004 Lyon

The “Weavers’ Wall” is a huge trompe-l’oeil fresco (1200 m2) created in 1987, which pays tribute to the silk workers. This is the largest painted wall in Europe. The mural gathers images and scenes from daily life, updated every 10 years to reflect changes in the neighborhood. As unusual as they are varied, the details of the images aren’t described here … you’ll have to discover them yourself.


Maison des Canuts
10-12 Rue d'Ivry, 69004 Lyon
Website - tel : 04 78 28 62 04.
Self-guided tours are free
Rates for guided tours:
Full price / reduced price: €7 / €4. Free for children under 12 years old. Free with the Lyon City Card.
Open Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Guided tours in English on Monday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Wheelchair accessible. Boutique.

If you want to know all about silk, from the worm to the scarf, it is at the Maison des Canuts (Weavers’ House) that you’ll find the answers to all of your questions. The Maison des Canuts is located in the former headquarters of the Union of Weavers, created in the 19th century. In 1960, a weaving cooperative was created and 10 years later the establishment opened its doors to introduce visitors to the silk trade, its technical history (including Jacquard's invention) as well as the social, artistic and historical side of this activity during the last 5 centuries.


Musée Lumière (for the family)
25 Rue du 1er Film, place Ambroise Courtois, 69008 Lyon
Website - tel : 04 78 78 18 95
Full price / reduced price: €7 / €6. Free for children under 7 years old. Free with the Lyon City Card.
Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Audi guide in 5 languages available (€3). Guided tours possible. A guided tour for children is offered daily at 3 p.m. during school holidays.
Library for books and film. Shop.

It was here in Lyon that the cinema was born. This museum, housed in the villa of the Lumière brothers, inventors of the cinematograph in 1895, plunges visitors in this period of silent cinema and photography. The brothers’ inventions and objects are presented with projections and interactive animations. The films of Auguste and Louis are also projected.

In the gardens, a movie theater called "The Hangar", where their first film was carried out, offers daily showings and film retrospectives.


Musée d’Art Contemporain
81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, Cité Internationale, 69006 Lyon


Website - tel : 04 72 69 17 18.
Full price/ reduced price: €9/ €4. Free  for those under 18 years old. Free with the Lyon City Card.
Open Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m to 6 p.m.
Tours for children. Coffee shop, documentation office, boutique.


The Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Renzo Piano, is based on a 1930s facade associated with modern red brick walls. It only houses temporary collections. Visit the website to know the complete schedule.


Musée Africain
150 Cours Gambetta, 69007 Lyon
Website - tel : 04 78 61 60 98.
Full price / reduced price: €8 / €4 / 3 to 14 years old: €2. Free with the Lyon City Card.
Open daily excepted on Monday:
Tuesday to Friday: 11 a.m to 6 p.m, Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Workshops for the whole family. Library.

The African Museum was created in 1863, and is dedicated to the cultures of West Africa. It features more than 2,000 objects (ritual masks, statues, musical instruments ...) recalling the history of the sub-Saharan civilizations.


Musée Urbain Tony Garnier
4 Rue des Serpollières, 69008 Lyon
Website - tel : 04 78 75 16 75.
Audioguided tour in 3 languages: full price / reduced price: €5 / €4. Free for children under 12 years old. Free with the Lyon City Card.
Discovery circuit (1 hour, 30 minutes) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Full price/ reduced price: €8/ €6.
Open Tuesday to Saturday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This museum pays tribute to Tony Garnier (1869-1948), a pioneering Lyon urban planner who left his mark in several areas of the city. Visitors will discover a series of murals and other works he completed for the city. Beyond his creations, the museum addresses issues of architecture, art and social housing, issues that were important to this artist-architect.

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