Museum of History of Lyon
Lovely building with a welcome surprise on the top floor.
The city, step by step
If you have a proper amount of curiosity about the history of the city you're visiting, you might want to make the Musée d'Histoire de Lyon one of your first stops, to provide context for what you're about to see and experience. The museum covers the entire timeline, devoting special attention to the past several centuries and particular topics of local importance, such as freemasonry and revolutionary movements. It includes more than 80,000 items, among them artworks (such as a particularly impressive canvas of Louis XIII accompanied by his entire court), tools, and other artifacts. The old manor house where the museum is located is quite impressive in its own right. Don't forget to go up to the top floor, where you'll find a lovely garden along with a restaurant that serves not only tasty fare but magnificent views out over the city.
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