The gastronomic capital of France, if not the world, is not just a foodie hotspot. With UNESCO-protected architecture and awe-inspiring Roman ruins, its one for history lovers too..
Cinema was invented in Lyon, thanks to genius Louis Lumière, son of a photographer in town. On the back of the family’s many inventions, they built a sumptuous villa next to their main Lyonnais photography factory.
This home has been turned into a grand museum on the history of film. The Lumieres’ first very short-but-sweet films are on view, as well as evocative 19th-century photography.
Major cinema events are staged here. For special screenings according to film genre, or for youngsters, look up what’s showing on the Institute website.
There’s also a whole programme of cine-concerts, with live music accompanying old films, making for a wonderfully rich experience.
Getting there & doing it
The Institute lies just east of central Lyon. Either take a taxi or get there via Metro line D to Monplaisir-Lumiere – it’s a 5-minute walk from the station.
Audio guides are available in multiple languages for a small additional fee. Guided tours are also available for individual visitors – see the website calendar for schedules.
There’s also a short introduction to the Lumiere brothers and what they achieved on the website. Worth a read before you go.
When to do it
The museum is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday.
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