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Institut & Musee Lumiere

25 rue du 1er Film, 69352, Lyon, France
+33 4 78 78 18 95
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In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the magnificient family home, the Lumière museum presents the Lumière brothers' most remarkable invention. Discover the history of the Cinematograph, the Autochromes (the first color photos), and its inventors. Also visit, in front of the museum, the famous First film Warehouse, where was shot the first Lumière movie : Factory exit. Today, it is home to the Institut Lumière cinema with its daily programs.
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“audio guide” (34 reviews)
“film making” (13 reviews)
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25 rue du 1er Film, 69352, Lyon, France
+33 4 78 78 18 95
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Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed this museum and learning more about the Lumiere family history. Great disp,says with many artifacts. The house itself is interesting as well.

Thank M K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum occupies the house built by one of the Lumière brothers and is adjacent to what was their huge factory, where they made photographic papers and other materials, prints and films. It displays a great variety of their photos and films, equipment, packaging, etc....More

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to find by metro or tram. Visit is 45 mins. 2 floors. Old villa, good audio tour. Shows the very interesting technical side to film making. Good bistro 50m away.

Thank HughDownie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is really lovable. It's not big but they have many nice things what to try and look, and the audioguides are available. A nice museum for those who are interested in the history of cinema and old villas.

Thank touristTiia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit. The house alone is stunning. The museum although small is full of the history of cinematography and film. Some of the exhibits are amazing. The museum is also very easy to get to on the metro and excellent value...More

Thank GarryUK
Reviewed 12 September 2017

THis museum is quite small and a bit out of the way. that being said if you have the Lyon City Card then getting there and entrance fees are covered. Take your time going through the main floor to really appreciate all the inventions and...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We went to this museum because we had some extra time in Lyon and were very pleasantly surprised. The story & displays of the history of film was very interesting, and I really enjoyed the amazing architecture of the home! Glad we went!

Thank millcreekmama55
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The story of the Lumiere brothers in their quest to create the cinema is fascinating, but equally interesting is how successful they were in business. I enjoyed seeing the original equipment, a scale model of the factory site which employed thousands of people. The mansion...More

Thank davidwarner
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Institute Lumiere is very well worth a visit for anyone interested in Cinema history. The museum is both the original home of the Lumiere brothers, who invented Cinema (and a lot of other stuff) as well as a very interesting and educational museum about...More

Thank Ståle L
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Very informative museum, full of fascinating objects and short films showing the world almost a hundred years ago. I particularly enjoyed hands-on approach -- the opportunity to try some of the machines.

Thank baroquepawel
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21 January 2017|
Response from BelfastDubs | Reviewed this property |
I would say about 90 mins in the main building. Of course there might also be an interesting film scheduled for the adjacent cinema when you visit.
Vicki C
2 September 2016|
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Response from Susan S | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is a specific storage area, but I strongly suspect the reception staff would assist you in holding your bag while your tour the house and exterior areas.