The Musée Lumière in Lyon is a museum and institute dedicated to the life and works of the Lumière Brothers, particularly their contributions to the art of movie theater. The museum purports to be located on the very spot where the art of cinematography was born. It offers projections, interactive features, documents, artifacts, ephemera, and information about the brothers and their works.

    If you are a cinephile, you probably already know the importance of the Lumière Brothers, from their original cameras, the development of color and 3D photos, and more. You can see all of that at the Musée Lumière and even learn a few things you may not have known.

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    What are the highlights of the Musée Lumière in Lyon?

    The biggest highlight of the Musée Lumière in Lyon is the annual movie festival held every October, which includes a festival village with a DVD market, a movie theater bookstore, a restaurant and a beer bar, plus nightly concerts, movie exhibitions and ending with a Lumière Award ceremony.

    Other highlights of the museum include the bookstore. You can also visit a library where you can learn more about the history of movie, or grab a bite at the Café Lumière. The museum itself hosts 3 galleries of exhibits, some permanent and some rotating.

    What else is good to know about Musée Lumière in Lyon?

    The museum is completely accessible to people with disabilities. It offers interactive activities for adults and kids of all ages. Discounted admission is offered to those under 18 or over 60, students, teachers, and people with disabilities, and those accompanying them. Children under 7, those who are members of the museum, and those who have Lyon City Cards get in free.

    You can explore the museum on your own, or you can book a guided tour for just a few euros more than the regular admission price. Reservations are preferred for guided tours. The experience is fully multimedia, using tablets, audio guides and contemporary multimedia tools.

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    Musée Lumière in Lyon

    Location: 25 Rue du Premier Movie, 69008 Lyon, France

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +33 (0)4 78 78 18 95

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