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This private mansion was built at the end of the 15th century and bought by the town of Lyon early in the 17th century to store council archives and as a venue for council meetings. Like most of the mansions in this neighborhood which were built at the end of the Middle Ages, the floors are connected by a series of loggias that open onto a central courtyard. The building has been perfectly restored and now houses the Musée de l'Imprimerie. Visitors can walk into the courtyard without charge to admire the remarkable mullioned windows in the loggias and the stele commemorating the first town meeting that took place in this mansion in 1604. Numerous exhibitions on graphic art, prints, calligraphy and photographs are organized throughout the year. Various enjoyable activities, seminars and workshops are organized for children as well as adults.
Since 1803, Musée des Beaux-Arts has housed premier collections and exhibitions. Today it boasts more than 600 paintings, 300 sculptures and thousands of objets d'art, including antiquities, coins and medals. The ground floor houses the refectory and chapel (formerly the church of St Pierre), containing 19th-and 20th-century sculptures. The first floor includes Egyptian, Greek, and Roman (before 200 CE) antiquities; the second floor is dedicated to paintings from the 15th-20th Centuries. Two book and gift shops and a refreshment area are also available on-site.
The Musée d'Art Contemporain (Museum of Modern Art) was housed in the Palais des Beaux-Arts for 10 years, and in 1995 was transferred to the heart of the Cité Internationale. The museum has a large exhibition space spread over three floors; showcasing paintings, sculptures, films, photos or videos by some of the most famous modern artists. Certain works of art were created directly inside the building. This museum has some colossal pieces and more installations than any other European museum. Every year the museum holds a modern music event known as "Musique en Scène" as well as the all important Biennale d'Art Contemporain (Biennial of Modern Art). The venue also houses a cafe, a book store and a documentation center for those who are interested in research. The space can also be used to host various business events. Check website for more details.