Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Visitors can view masterpieces from around the globe in France’s second-largest fine arts museum.

Beaux-Arts in a Belle Ville

When people try to name French museums, The Louvre in Paris is probably the one they think of most often. But Paris doesn’t have a monopoly on French culture. La Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon is actually the second-largest fine arts museum in the country. It has a spectacular collection that features artifacts from all over the world, as well as classic paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists.

Wonders of the World

The museum contains everything from colorful Egyptian coffins to ancient Roman sculptures. There’s even a room where visitors can view coins from a medieval treasure. And of course, paintings by the likes of Rubens, Monet, and Gaugin decorate its walls, along with regularly changing exhibitions of works by other renowned artists.

La Musée des Beaux-Arts sits between the city’s two rivers in a beautiful 17th century abbey. Guests can have a warm cup of tea in the museum’s tea room, or wander the gardens that spread below it. The museum is a perfect place for visitors to Lyon to catch up on their culture.