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The Musée des Confluences, established in 2014, is one of Lyon's newest institutions set in the city's newest neighborhood. Lyon's natural history museum, it aims to tell the story of the world from origins to visions of eternity, from the viewpoint of many different cultures and even animals with the help of more than 2 million artifacts.

Recent visitors said both the building and the setting are spectacular, recommending that travelers take in the views from the terraces. Many travelers described the museum's exhibits as eclectic and imaginative. Even if visitors don't have time to stop in, reviewers recommend walking alongside the Rhone to enjoy the architecture from the outside. 

The Musée des Confluences is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday, it's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission costs 9 euros (around $11). You can shave a few euros off the entrance price by visiting after 5 p.m., when the museum charges 6 euros (around $7.25) for adult admission. You'll find it in Lyon's newest neighborhood Confluence, located at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Several buses make stops here, including Nos. C7, C10, 15 and 63, as well as the T1 tram. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Built in 15 B.C., the Theatres Romains de Fourvière are the ruins of three ancient Roman sites, including a theater, a smaller theater and a temple located on the hill of Fourvière. It's also the site of the ambient Nuits de Fourvière, an annual performing arts festival that takes place during June and July. 

Recent visitors recommended tacking on a visit to the Theatres Romains de Fourvière after visiting the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, since it's located on the walk down. Others remarked that the acoustics are amazing, and the view of surrounding Lyon is spectacular. However, some were disappointed with the limited signage. You'll find a museum next to the ruins, but all of the information is written in French. Consider reading up on the site or hiring a tour guide if you want a richer experience. 

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