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Institut & Musee Lumiere

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Address: 25 rue du 1er Film, 69352, Lyon, France
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+33 4 78 78 18 95
10:00 - 18:30
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In 1895, in Lyon, the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. In the...

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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For Film/Cinema & Photography Buffs

For those interested in film/cinema, and photography, this museum is very enjoyable. Alot of real historical items on display with explanations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For those interested in film/cinema, and photography, this museum is very enjoyable. Alot of real historical items on display with explanations.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must for any true film buff, but if you are short on time, travelling with children, or less serious about cinema, I'd recommend the Musée Miniature et Cinema instead which has much wider appeal. The Institut is a housed in a beautiful building and is a fine place to find out more about the birth of cinema,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We use metro to reach this place.Easy to reach from the center. Musee is very intetesting and the building is amazing. If you don't konw French you have to take audio because explanations are only written in French. I wish explanations also written in English.

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Lyon, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

It is one of the local attraction in Lyon, very interesting museum. Not very big in size but a lot of history and interesting commentary. A must see for cinema lovers. They also have special evenings where you can watch classic movies there.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Beautiful old building with many original features . The exhibits show the life and work of these famous brothers who were instrumental in launching the modern cinema . Plenty to see for a gentle afternoon visit . Soak up the atmosphere of the house and enjoy the beautiful old cinematography and artifacts .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The visit shows us an incredibly well guarded number or films and material in a wonderful state of conservation. The visit can be done quickly and the knowledge it brings the visitor is really valuable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The genius in this house is at least a couple generations deep. Over 500 patents, including the invention of the cinematograph, which so significantly changed how society, east and west, presents and perceives the world. The exceptionally beautiful and interesting mansion is merely a backdrop for the inventions that tell the story of the Lumière brothers who, thanks to their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is a short metro trip out of the centre of Lyon. Well worth the trip. The house itself was the family villa and I believe the area was the site of the Lumiere factory. Inside you will find a range of early cinematographic apparatus which tell the story of the invention and development of photography and film. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I had not heard of the Lumiere brothers so this was new to me. The museum displays on its wall a number of early films, including the very first - workers exiting a silk factory. You have to stop and watch them all. Interestingly the films were not at all jerky the way we have seen other early films. Also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I loved the lion carving on the handrail on the ground floor and the huge window! My husband doesn't speak French so the lack of information in English was somewhat disappointing and we didn't find out about the audio-guides until later. The museum was spread over two floors, not four as we were led to believe. The best bit so... More 

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