April, 2012 – Graham Miln

Musee Gallo Romain

The Musee Gallo Romain at Fourviere, Lyon, is a museum showcasing the Roman past of the Rhône region in France. The museum is located next to two impressive amphitheatres.

One of Lyon's amphitheatres

We have been to the museum a few times over the years and the exhibits no longer grab my attention. I find the collection difficult to absorb; it lacks an easy narrative to follow and guide you along.

Detail of Roman carving

Collection of Roman era glass bottles

What continues to delight is the building itself. It is a five story concrete monster embedded inside a hill. The walls, floors, and ceilings flow around and down to guide the visitor from the first floor to the fifth floor below. The building is full of smooth curves and arches.

Flowing concrete structure of the Roman museum in Lyon

I had fun putting together a short film of the museum. I am continuing to play with my camera to learn what works and what does not. The resulting film is below and available in High Definition on YouTube.

This is my first film that uses music licensed from MobyGratis.com. The sound track makes a huge difference to this film. I deeply appreciate Moby’s project to help non-commercial film makers gain access to high quality music.