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  • Detail fro m the fac

    ade of the

    museum.

    © Quentin Lafont – m

    usée des

    Confluenc es, Lyon. T

    he facade s

    of the Clo ud are cov

    ered with

    17,000 sta inless ste

    el plates,

    80% of w hich have

    a differen t

    form. Sur face treat

    ment give s

    them a m atte finish

    that refle cts

    the lights and colou

    rs of the

    surround ings.

    musée des confluencesDetail from the facade o

    f the

    museum.

    © Quentin Lafont – m

    usée des

    Confluenc es, Lyon. T

    he facade s

    of the Clo ud are cov

    ered with

    17,000 sta inless ste

    el plates,

    80% of w hich have

    a differen t

    form. Sur face treat

    ment give s

    them a m atte finish

    that refle cts

    the lights and colou

    rs of the

    surround ings.

    musée des confluences

  • musée des Confluences

    86 quai Perrache CS 30 180 F – 69285 Lyon cedex 02 France

    p. +33 (0)4 28 38 11 90 contact@ museedesconfluences.fr www. museedesconfluences.fr

    The aim of t he musée d

    es Confluen ces is to inv

    estigate the “long-term

    ”, as this is t he

    only way w e can hope

    to understa nd the worl

    d’s complex ities. The m

    useum thus

    identifies th e various ep

    ochs, crises , periods of

    stagnation and times o

    f growth th at

    constitute t his long his

    tory, using innovative a

    nd diverse m useographi

    c technique s.

    By bringing forth a dial

    ogue betwe en all forms

    of knowled ge, it aims t

    o stimulate

    curiosity, e ncourage re

    flection, an d awaken th

    e thirst for a nd pleasure

    in learning.

    The perman ent exhibiti

    on circuit is structured

    around fou r thematic s

    paces: the

    birth of hum anity, the m

    esh of life, t he developm

    ent of socie ties and the

    ir beliefs in

    the afterlife . Based on t

    his central n arrative, the

    museum’s program of

    events take s

    the form of temporary

    exhibitions , conferenc

    es and deba tes, concer

    ts and show s.

    Educationa l workshop

    s, a resourc e centre an

    d the publis hing of wor

    ks are also p art of

    the museum ’s purpose.

    It also has a bookshop,

    two audito ria and cafe

    terias.

    Designed b y Wolf D. Pr

    ix, the archi tecture whi

    ch is lumino us and open

    , lends itsel f to

    a dialogue b etween the

    visitor and what is offe

    red, presen ted and sug

    gested to h im

    through the exhibitions

    . The buildin g, which is

    situated at the conflue

    nce of the R hône

    and Saône R ivers, is the

    symbol of a museum pr

    oject which is without p

    recedent an d

    of an institu tion in cons

    tant evoluti on. Through

    out the seas ons, the mo

    vement of t he

    clouds, the ebb and flo

    w of water and the cha

    nges in the sky symbol

    ize the life o f a

    site that is d evoted to th

    e constant r enewal of k

    nowledge a nd to quest

    ions about the

    destiny of h umanity.

    Hélène Laf ont-Coutur

    ier

    director of t he musée d

    es Confluen ces

  • ‘‘The crea tion of th

    e world” ( 21st centu

    ry)

    by Manas ie Akpalia

    pik. Musé e des

    Confluenc es, Lyon, ©

    Pierre-Ol ivier

    Deschamp s – Agence

    VU’. Acco rding to

    an Inuit m yth, the s

    pirit of a foetus

    takes on t he identit

    y of differ ent

    animals, o ne by one

    . After be coming

    human ag ain, it con

    fronts the diversity

    of the wo rld. The s

    haman, b randishin

    g

    his tambo urine dru

    m, ensure s the

    equilibriu m of the w

    orld at th e moment

    in time w hen sever

    al types o f beings a

    re

    born: hum ans, spiri

    ts and ani mals.

  • top— Plan ispheric a

    strolabe (between

    1551 and 15 82). On lo

    an from th e Musée

    National d e la Marin

    e. Musée d es

    Confluenc es, Lyon, ©

    Pierre-Ol ivier

    Deschamp s – Agence

    VU’. Sinc e humans

    began to study the

    sky, they located t

    he

    stars to fi nd their b

    earings o n land and

    sea. The a strolabe r

    epresents the

    celestial v ault on a fl

    at surface . It

    enabled a stronome

    rs to know the time

    and to ca lculate th

    e moveme nts of the

    stars.

    bottom— Libyan de

    sert glass (29 millio

    n

    years old) . Musée d

    es Conflue nces, Lyon

    ,

    © Pierre-O livier Desc

    hamps – A gence VU

    ’.

    The study of meteo

    rites enab les us to

    understan d the hist

    ory of the formatio

    n

    of the sol ar system

    and of th e Earth. 2

    9

    million ye ars ago, a

    comet se ems to

    have expl oded befo

    re reachin g the

    ground ab ove what

    is the cur rent Libya

    n

    Desert. Th e enormo

    us amoun t of energ

    y

    triggered by this ex

    plosion g enerated

    a “ball of fire”, whi

    ch by mel ting the

    sand, is b elieved to

    be at the origin of

    the Libyan desert gl

    ass.

  • top— Unt itled – Sta

    nding bea r

    (1998) by E lijah Mich

    ael. Musé e des

    Confluenc es, Lyon, ©

    Pierre-Ol ivier

    Deschamp s – Agence

    VU’. The I nuit

    people ha ve a speci

    al spiritua l link with

    animals, w hich is on

    e of the

    cornersto nes of the

    ir worldv iew. The

    bear, bec ause of it

    s power, i ts capacit

    y

    to be equ ally at eas

    e on the g round and

    in water a nd to stan

    d up like a human, i

    s

    a central figure in t

    he Inuit im agination

    .

    bottom— Gemsbok

    .

    Musée de s Confluen

    ces, Lyon, © Pierre-

    Olivier De schamps –

    Agence V U’.

    In everyd ay speech

    , the term “antelope

    designate s certain

    species o f bovidæ

    which hav e a family

    resembla nce.

    However, a compar

    ison of th eir genes

    reveals th at there is

    no obvio us

    correlatio n between

    degree of kinship

    and resem blance.

  • 6

  • 7

    Open since December 20, 2014,

    the musée des Confluences tells

    the story of mankind and of the

    history of life. The permanent

    exhibition circuit begins with the

    great universal questions and then

    goes on to explore the origin and

    the destiny of humanity, the

    diversity of cultures and

    civilisations and also the place of

    humans within the web of life. With

    more than 2 million objects in its

    collections, the museum illustrates,

    through its exhibitions and its

    programming, the stories that are

    the foundation of our humanity on

    every continent and in several

    societies.

    Symbolically located at the confluence

    of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, the

    ambition of the musée des

    Confluences is to enable the sciences

    to engage in a dialogue.

    Unprecedented in the world of

    European museums, this intersection

    of the life and earth sciences with

    ethnology enables the public to see

    and understand the complexity of the

    world in a new way.

    The musée des Confluences places the

    public at the heart of its approach. It

    offers visitors novel layouts and brings

    them close to the collections, by

    allowing them, in particular, to touch

    exceptional objects – like a lunar

    meteorite or the skull of a woolly

    rhinoceros. The museum arouses in

    this way the taste for discovery and

    the sense of wonder, and awakens

    curiosity and the senses. It aims to

    make the narrative of the exhibitions

    accessible to everyone: adults,

    families, youth, school pupils, foreign

    visitors, and people with learning

    disabilities, by means of specific

    approaches adapted to each.

    A museum that tells

    the story o f Mankind

    At the confluence of knowledge

    For all audiences

  • 8

    Situated at the apex of the

    Lyon peninsula, the musée des

    Confluences enjoys an exceptional

    geographic location. Standing like

    a signal at the south entrance of

    the metropolis, its audacious

    architecture was designed by

    the Coop Himmelb(l)au agency.

    The Cloud

    The Cloud is the heart of the

    museum. Altogether 5,000 square

    metres are devoted to permanent

    and temporary exh