28 March 2012

A Gastronomic History of Lyon

The musée Gadagne, also known as the Historical Museum of Lyon, is dedicating its first temporary exhibit to the one art form which has, perhaps more than any other, propelled Lyon to worldwide fame and recognition — gastronomy.

The exhibit, titled Gourmandises! A History of Gastronomy in Lyon, runs until April 29th and takes a chronological look at the literature, personalities and traditional foods that helped establish Lyon's reputation as the gastronomic capital of the world.

From it's earliest beginnings to today's newest trends, this exhibit maps out a rich and unique culinary legacy that is still very much alive in Lyon today, a creative commitment which no doubt influenced UNESCO to add the traditional French meal to the world's intangible heritage list.

If you won't make it to the exhibit but want to know more, you can download the English version of the mini visit guide here.

And if you can make it, remember that the Gadagne museums (there's also a museum dedicated to the puppets of the world) are open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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