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More than 70 rooms filled with artwork, such as "Dancers on the Stage" by Edgar Degas and "La Tentation de saint Antoine" by Auguste Rodin, among other French and European masterpieces, fill the Musée des Beaux Arts. Works date from antiquity and include everything from paintings and sculpture to decorative arts. The Musée des Beaux Arts, which is housed in a 17th-century former Benedictine convent, is also accompanied by a large garden. 

Not only is the art enjoyable, but the food is too, according to recent visitors, who recommend enjoying a lunch in the museum's dining hall. Recent visitors said you could spend hours here, so if you're short on time it's best to pick the two or three areas that interest you most and go from there. Make sure to pick up a free audio guide. 

The Musée des Beaux Arts, located in the 1st arrondissement, is open Wednesday and Thursday, and Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Fridays, it's open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum's permanent collections costs 8 euros (about $10) for adults; for exhibitions, it's 9 euros (about $11), and 12 euros (about $14.50) for admission to both the permanent collections and special exhibition. If you purchased a Lyon City Card, admission to the museum is included. Several bus lines service the museum, including Nos. 1, 3, 6, 13, 18, 19 and 44. You can also hop on metro lines A and C to the Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel station. For more information, visit the Musée des Beaux Arts' website.

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