English tour/ audioguided tour

The museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest French and European museums.

Located in the heart of Lyon, between the Rhône and Saône rivers, the museum is located in a magnificent building dating from the 17th century. The collections are exhibited in over 70 rooms and offer visitors an outstanding sample of art from Antiquity to contemporary art. The museum's collections are frequently enriched thanks to an active acquisition policy relying on private donors, art lovers, collectors and artists' heirs.
Five departments illustrate more than 5 000 years of art history : antiquities, decorative arts, coins and medals collections, 14th to 20th century paintings and sculptures. 

 Audiotour Masterpieces
Available for free at the museum's entrance - ask for an audioguide upon arrival at the reception desk. 
During your visit, spot the pictograms and locate the more than 20 artworks described in the audiotour.

• To listen to a comment, type in the number.
• To adjust the volume, use the buttons on the right side of your audioguide. 
• To fast forward or rewind, use the buttons located on the left and right side of the head phone and hold the button down. 
• All commentaries can be listened to throughout the museum.

Audiotour Masterpieces also available online for free on the izi.TRAVEL platform and app. 

English tour of the museum

Discover the museum’s history, its collections and masterpieces during this one hour guided tour. 

Book in advance for group visits:
Tel. 00 33 (0)4 72 10 17 52

Every Saturday on at 2.30pm (English spoken) - The tour lasts one hour.

Fee: € 3+ entrance ticket Book online

Prepare your visit! You can listen to all the listed audiofiles here, or download them before arriving at the museum. 


2- History of the Saint-Pierre Palace : the birth of a museum
200- Introduction to the Sculpture collection (19th - 20th century)
204- Auguste Rodin, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1889-1900
205-Émile Antoine Bourdelle, Herakles, 1908-1909

First floor

300- Introduction to the Antiquities collection
303- The Doors of Medamoud’s Temple, Egypt, 230 B.C.
310- Kore from the Acropolis, Greece, 540-530 B.C.
400- Introduction to the collection of art objects
401- Juggler, Berry, France, 12th century
408- Introduction to the collection of Islamic art
409- Element of Cenotaph, Syria, 1277
411- Introduction to the Numismatic collection
421- Hector Guimard, Bedroom furniture from the Hotel Guimard, Paris, 1909-1912

Second floor

100- Introduction to the Ancient Paintings collection
104- Veronese, Bathsheba bathing, 1575
111- Pierre-Paul Rubens, Saint Dominic and Saint Francis protecting the World from Christ’s wrath, 1618-1620
515- Claude Monet, Choppy sea in Etretat, 1883
516- Paul Gauguin, Nave nave Mahana, 1896
519- Georges Braque, Violin, 1911
523- Pablo Picasso, Woman sitting on the beach, 1937



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More than 5000 years of art history in your smartphone/tablet! Discover the museum and its collections, from the history of the building and its collections to the highlights of the palais Saint-Pierre! 

The collections are exhibited in over 70 rooms and offer visitors an outstanding sample of art from Antiquity to contemporary art.

Five departments illustrate a wide range in the history of art: antiquities, decorative arts, coins and medals, 14th to 21st century paintings and sculptures. 

Discover the works of some of the most famous painters such as Véronèse, Rubens, Delacroix, Rodin, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso.

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