Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts Launches New Exhibition on Roman Emperor Claudius

Published: 2018/12/17

Find out about Lyon-born Roman Emperor, Claudius

Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts Launches Exhibition on Roman Emperor Claudius. ©MBA Lyon – Alain Basset

Lyon’s Musées des Beaux-Arts will run an exhibition exploring the life and personality of Lyon-born Roman Emperor Claudius until the 4th March 2019.

A Roman Emperor from Lyon

Claudius, Emperor of the Roman Empire from 24th January 41 until 13th October 54, was born in Lugdunum, Gaul, which we know as modern-day Lyon. The exhibition at Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts celebrates this Lyon-born Emperor through more than 150 works: statues, paintings, and coins.

A New Perspective on Claudius

Claudius has often been dubbed weak, easily influenced and both intellectually and physically poor. The Musée des Beaux-Arts wants to take a new look at this man. Supported by historical evidence, the exhibition shows him to be a man who was cultured, cared about his people, and promoted efficient administrative reforms.



Tickets vary in price, and can cost up to 12€, depending on the tariff you are eligible for.

The exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts will run until the 4th March 2019.

The Museum and exhibition is open every day, except Tuesdays and bank holidays, from 10am-6pm, or 10:30am until 6pm on Fridays. It will not open on the 25th December 2018 nor the 1st January 2019, and will close at 5pm on the 24th and 31st December 2018.