Free Admission to Lyon’s Museums for One Night Only Saturday, May 19

Published: 2018/05/16

The Europe-wide Nuits des Musées offers a chance to experience Lyon’s museums for free


Museum night will be held May 19 from dusk until midnight, opening Lyon’s museums up for free admission, guided visits, live shows, games and more.


Lyon will be taking part in the Europe-wide museum night for a 14th time on Saturday, May 19. The “Nuit des Musées” is a night dedicated to museums of all kind, which offer free admission to everyone for the whole evening.

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La Nuit des Musées takes place each year, giving the people of Lyon a chance to visit the city’s many museums for free. © La Nuit des Musées

On the program is the Roman Theater, the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, the Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts, the Musée Lumière, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Tony Garnier Museum, the Musées Gadagne, macLYON, and the Musée des Confluences, among others.

The Nuit des Musées gathers 130 museums from across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and hosts nearly 300 events over the course of the night. It features everything from archeology and history to fine and contemporary arts with events like tastings, guided visits, and live shows.

Highlights for Lyon

Starting at 7 p.m. the Musées Gadagne will be turned into a huge playground, with a maze, clues, and a treasure waiting at the end.

Meanwhile at Confluence, students from the Saint Just high school will act as mediators for the evening, presenting a few specially chosen objects including a traditional instrument called the “imzad,” ancestral jewelry practices alongside master jewelers, and examples of leather craftsmanship.

The macLYON will open its exhibits from 6 to 10 p.m. and will also have students around to act as guides. Exhibits include Adel Abdessemed’s “L’Antidote” and the museum’s “Collection.” Then, at 7 p.m., musician Elvira Falque will perform a live concert of the music she created for artist-in-residence Maïté Marra’s film.


Find the full program here.