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Gastronomic Museum Opens in Lyon

By Paul Joseph

France’s food culture is famous across the world and in celebration of this rich culinary heritage the country has become home to its own gastronomic museum.

Located in the restored Grand Hôtel-Dieu in the city of Lyon in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie museum invites visitors to not just view and touch a diverse range of exhibits, but also savour real food along the way.

The newly opened museum offers a detailed history of French cooking and chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Mère Brazier who made the nation’s cuisine famous.

Guests can also take notes on recipes and discover the many nuances of the art of cooking while browsing noteworthy items on display such as menus, films, photographs, and a range of other interactive exhibits.

Highlights include the Atlas of Gastromonie, a touch-screen and a wall-high map where visitors can learn about dishes from around the world.

But perhaps the most exciting part of the tour is the tasting experience, giving visitors the chance to watch chefs prepare and explain their meals in an open kitchen.

Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie is open daily.

By Paul Joseph