The Best Art Galleries In Lyon, France

Photo of Patricia Krujalskyte
20 October 2016

Lyon’s art galleries are both in tourist epicenters and hidden away, off the beaten path. Lyon can boast some of the best galleries not only in France, but in Europe too. Showcasing both antique and contemporary art in various mediums and techniques, art galleries in Lyon are a dazzling assortment of human expression.

Brooklyn Miniature by Dan Ohlmann | Courtesy of Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Musée Miniature et Cinéma

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Musée Miniature et Cinéma is dedicated to hyper-realistic miniature scenes from everyday life and special effects techniques used in cinema. The building, Maison des Avocats (Lawyers’ House), dates back to the 16th century and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. After visiting the museum’s five floors, you will have seen over 100 miniature scenes and 300 props from some of the greatest movies.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Facade of Musée d’Art Contemporain
Facade of Musée d’Art Contemporain | Courtesy of Musée d’Art Contemporain
The Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the largest of its kind not only in France, but in all of Europe. The museum is housed in a magnificent historic building, and you can visit exhibitions in over 70 rooms. There are five departments: antiquities, artifacts, medal collections, paintings, and sculptures. The museum is surrounded by a picturesque garden where you can take a stroll year-round.

Musée d’Art Contemporain

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Musée d’Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art) occupies a building designed by Renzo Piano. Exhibitions are located throughout the three floors of installation, audio and video art as well as paintings, choreography and performance. A unique aspect of this museum is that it works closely with artists to create the exhibits and thus promises a truly engrossing experience.

Galerie Catherine Mainguy

Galerie Catherine Mainguy opened its doors in 2008. Catherine Mainguy used to work as a textile designer in Lyon before transitioning to paintings. Her large works deal with concepts of transition and passing, sitting somewhere on the edge of reality. Visitors can also find the works of other contemporary painters like Fred Calmets, Eric Lacombe, Florian Eymann, and Nicolas Favre.
130 Montée de la Grande Côte, Lyon, +33 469 602 123

Interior of Galerie Clémouchka | Courtesy of Galerie Clémouchka
Interior of Galerie Clémouchka | Courtesy of Galerie Clémouchka

Galerie Clémouchka

Galerie Clémouchka opened its doors in January 2015. Located in one of Lyon’s most creative districts, La Croix-Rousse, this is the place for contemporary urban art.

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