The Story of Cinema at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon

Until 25 February 2018, the Musée des Confluences and the Institut Lumière invite you to experience the epic story of the Lumière family of Lyon... the inventors of cinema. The exhibition charts the history of film from the conception of cinematography through to its heritage in movies today.

In 1895, Louis and Auguste Lumière invented the Cinematograph. They shot some of the earliest films in the history of cinema, and made it possible for the public to enjoy this unique and communal experience: watching a film on a large screen, laugh, cry and discover the unknown... From direction to subjects, genre, tracking shots and remakes, they also invented the art of filmmaking.

Cinema was born at the point where art, science and industry met.

Although the invention of cinematography played a large part in establishing the reputation of the Lumière family, it’s important to remember that its members were primarily industrialists.

View all the films made by the Lumière brothers simultaneously. Screened full-length, these world-renowned masterpieces and little-known “gems” are the only moving images of their day.

As the city in which the Cinematograph was invented, Lyon was naturally the subject of the first films. All the films made by the Lumière family between March and June 1895 were shot in Lyon. A total of 200 films were made here, around 30 of which show precise details of the city and its architecture.


Musée des Confluences
86 Quai Perrache
69002 Lyon


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