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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

I hadn't planned on attending this museum when I went up the hill, but when I saw the window portals sticking out of the hillside I had to go in. A beautifully designed building, the highlight of the collection are some very large and impressive pictoral tile floor mosaics that were found buried at local archeological sites and carefully moved and re-assembled here. When I saw them I decided to skip my visit to the fine art museum in town and spend the afternoon here instead. I was so glad I went in.

Thank Adam W
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

A very rich, very well presented collection in a very interesting, architecturally speaking, building. Don' t miss it, even if you are tired of museum visiting.

Thank AkisNora
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

There is one heckuva lot to see in this museum. The exhibits offer up an excellent portrayal of life in Roman times in the Lyon area.

What's really magic is the quantity of items that have unearthed only recently. Some large and beautiful mosaics. The construction of Lyon's Metro system 40+ years ago was the source of many of these "new" artifacts.

Most interesting, and for whatever the reason, hardly anybody else there.

Thank NewSmyrnaJoe
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

The museum is located next to the Roman amphitheater on the Fourviere Hill. It tells the story of Gallo-Roman Lyon through wonderfully displayed artefacts in a piece of modern architecture that suits its purpose admirably but is itself a work of art. The curation is excellent, the story-boards lucid and informative, giving a brilliant impression of a thriving, multicultural city. The mosaic of the chariot race is particularly evocative, even though we don't know just where Lyon's circus was.

Thank Mick S
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

We've seen Roman museums before; we've seen Roman amphitheaters before. Never before have we seen such a strange concrete spiral of a museum work so well to tell the tale of ancient Gallo-Roman history. You enter the museum at ground level, where temporary exhibits dominate the space. As you proceed from exhibit to exhibit you move lower and lower down in the space, punctuated every once in a while with giant circular windows with views out to the ancient amphitheaters beyond. The exhibits are clear and informative, with especially lovely bronze horse statue fragments, and particularly great floor mosaics as you get to the lower-most levels. One sign of the wit at work here: displays about ancient plumbing systems featured audio listening devices fashioned from shower spigots! Then you ascend to exit out into the sunshine and wander those great amphitheaters surrounded by blooming irises if you go in early May.

Thank stevespryte
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