In 1801, Napoleon decided to open this museum in Lyon in a former Benedictine Abbey, Royale des Dames de Saint-Pierre. The building has since been listed as a historical monument. Its collections have been enriched over the centuries and it is now considered one of the great European museums.
From Ancient Egypt to Modern Art, visiting its five departments is fascinating, but if you are short of time, focus on the two rooms dedicated to Lyonnais painters.
Much more than simple regional painting, the School of Lyon represents a movement called the Troubadour style of painting for its many floral evocations. Major artists such as Jean-Claude Bonnefond, Pierre Revoil, and Fleury Richard are exhibited. Not to be missed: the 18 paintings that make up the cycle of the Poem of the Soul by Louis Janmot.
If the sun is shining, climb the four floors of the museum and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Lyon from the terrace. Be sure to visit the gardens too. Fine Arts Students are often there; drawing the statues, including those of Auguste Rodin, and often making sketches of the visitors as well.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
20 Place des Terreaux
+33 (0)4 72 10 17 40