Welcome to Lyon History Museum!

Discovering and understanding Lyon

 

Installed in the Hôtel de Gadagne in 1921, the Lyon History Museum collections consist of around 80,000 highly varied exhibits, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, objects, medals and drawings.

The museum is an ideal place to learn more about the many faces of Lyon. It was the capital of the Gauls, the city of silk and of banks, before becoming a city of the automobile, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It was a place of worker's rebellions and where cinema was invented.

Vue de la cheminée Renaissance de Gadagne - © Gilles Aymard, 2009
Cheminée Renaissance de Gadagne - © Gilles Aymard, 2009

Reinventing the museum

 

In 2018, the decision was taken to modernise the permanent exhibition of the Lyon History Museum in several phases. Between 2019 and 2023, a new exhibition will be opening every year to renew and completely modernise the museum's displays and visitor experience :

  • Portraits of Lyon: opened on 4 December 2019
  • On the Waterfront. Living with the Rhône and Saône: scheduled to open in 2021
  • Trading, manufacturing and innovating: scheduled to open in 2022
  • Power, commitment and citizenship: scheduled to open in 2023

 

This is an ambitious project, which will enable the Lyon History Museum to assert its position as a contemporary, urban museum.

The museum will be remaining open during this renovation period. After visiting the refurbished sections, visitors can rejoin the tour in chronological order, from the 18th to the 20th century, and end their visit on the former pathway if they so wish.

Portraits of Lyon

 

As an introduction or foretaste, the "Portraits of Lyon" exhibition gives visitors, whether tourists or local residents, the key pointers for understanding the modern city.

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Définir Lyon dans l'exposition Portraits du MHL Gadagne - © Gadagne, 2019
Définir Lyon dans l'exposition Portraits du MHL Gadagne - © Gadagne, 2019

On the Waterfront

Living with the Rhône and Saône


A new, landmark exhibition opening in 2021! 

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Restauration de la Pirogue-Vivier du MHL - Gadagne - © Gadagne, 2020
Restauration de la Pirogue-Vivier du MHL - Gadagne - © Gadagne, 2020

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