Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
3.5
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The Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Renzo Piano, is located near the Tête d'Or park, at the Cité Internationale.From its creation, the museum has opted for an original acquistions policy of temporary exhibitions, developed in direct relation with the artists or from works in their collection.Whether for a Roller Coaster by the artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, a “Crying Wall” by Ann Hamilton, or a Salt Water Pool by Mathieu Briand, the museum transforms itself for each artistic project and thus offers a completely different visit every time. This means that the museum closes for short durations between each exhibition.
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Flyingbroom
London, UK68 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Pros: nice facilities; efficient and helpful staff who make you feel welcome; great little art shop, with lots of interesting books, stationery items, jewellery and many other quirky things you'll want to buy; located near a huge and wonderful park that you might want to visit once you're done with the museum

Cons: the art displayed looks, for the most part, pretty amateurish
Written 25 April 2024
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Anton B
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This type of artistic expression can only be understood by people with similar psychological issues. The whole collection feels like mad men were allowed to express themselves on the walls of this museum. It is simply depressing. This experience is not worth the €9 or your time.
Written 26 March 2023
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Bocain
Cary, NC457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Recognizing that modern art is such a matter of individual taste, I would recommend this venue because you will find something you enjoy. It is well planned and there are surprises everywhere. And it’s cafe facing le Parc de Tete d’Or is a lovely little repose to relax.
Written 16 February 2020
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Travelbugsforlife
WORCESTER1,065 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I stopped in here because the outdoor art installations were very interesting to me. I only had 1 free day in Lyon so I opted to go to this museum based on what I had seen outside. When I went I found out that the day ticket actually was for the 3 locations that house the contemporary museum. Unfortunately there is no transportation between the 3 so given my time restrictions I was only able to see the mac Lyon site. I found the permanent exhibits to be interesting but sparse. I found some of the temporary exhibits to be very odd and not worth the designation of art. For me the highlight was the gift shop, lots of interesting and beautiful items.
Written 8 December 2019
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Asilux
54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Lyon's MAC is capable of both the best and the worst depending on exhibitions. This goes from truly inspiring and beautiful to absolute crap... I reckon this is art and therefore open to perception... "Beauty is in the eye of the observer" after all. Nevertheless in this particular museum I have found that a bit too often I end up disappointed.
My advice is to go there in case a particular show appeals to you and then give it a chance. I do on a regular basis myself after all as I am often in Lyon.
Written 1 September 2019
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LargelyMonk
Banstead, UK1,855 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Contemporary art is very much a personal experience and currently the museums exhibition of sound related experiences is in part fascinating, in part seemingly pointless , I was invited to eat a boiled egg whilst listening to sounds echoing of the wall (I couldn’t hear anything) in a room that contained only half a dozen stethoscopes hanging from the wall, in parts mesmerising. The museum is just outside the lovely big park and in an area that includes cafes and a cinema and a hotel and its well worth a visit if you’ve got your Lyon card because its free.
Written 16 June 2019
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UKtraveller036
England51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
This is a great potential space for exhibitions, in a peaceful location about a 15 minute bus ride north of the city centre (C5 from Hotel de Ville). Visitors may want to check what is being exhibited before making the journey: some will find what is on offer fascinating, others indifferent. Currently one floor is devoted to modernist experimental music installations and associated items (eg David Tudor, Terry Riley) - a substantial offering that offers significant insight into the period especially from the 1950s to 70s when this was fashionable; the top floor has a 'work in progress' exhibition some of which is incomplete.
Written 3 June 2019
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GYWX
Wexford, Ireland768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited the Modern Art museum (MAC) in the Parc de la Tête d’Or to escape the Gilets Jaunes protest on Saturdays. (We heard later there was some tear gas used and arrests but nothing on the scale of events in Paris.) The MAC has some contemporary visual art and a retrospective of Sound Art from the 50s and 60s, the usual random noises. One with a sad association is the Stephen Vitiello recording of ambient sounds taken at the windows of the NY World Trade Centre in 2002. My wife bought a book of the Favela exhibition by Maxwell Alexandre, a young brazilian artist.
We had lunch in the café beside the museum; 50 euro for two including drinks, straightforward cuisine served with a brilliant smile that lit up the room.
Written 20 May 2019
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Peanut-NL
The Netherlands128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Great place to escape the heat for a while. Three floors of exhibits, with the first floor apparently the internal collection, and the two higher floors for temporary exhibitions. I was especially impressed with Adel Abdessemed's work on the top floor, which is imposing, but also offers a lot of opportunities for exploration and contemplation. Right after exiting the museum there is a small cinema where they show a continuous loop of the construction of this piece, which is well worth watching for the full 16 minutes. Unfortunately, this exhibit seems to close on the 8th of July (2018) already.
Written 6 July 2018
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FF13
Sykesville, MD2,011 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is certainly an interesting museum, especially if you enjoy the avant-garde! There were really good displays and some really strange ones. The day we visited, there were several school groups touring and they seemed to be enjoying the visit.
One or two exhibits allow for interaction. These were fun!
Written 16 December 2017
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