Musée des Confluences

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The Musée des Confluences is a museum under construction in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, (Rhône). It is located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône and forms part of a large redevelopment project of the Confluence quarter. The museum should be served by the tramway T1, which would be the terminus (the line will be extended until Debourg).


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The museum under construction, august 6, 2013

The museum will use the collections of natural science of anthropology, Earth Sciences of the Musée d'histoire naturelle - Guimet. These collections will be supplemented by a collection of arts and crafts.

It is a museum of science and of society, and its purpose is to confront the scientific knowledge and the functioning of societies.

The three major exhibitions deal with the questions "Where do we come from ?, "Who are we ?" and "What do we do ?". The first question is about the origins and purposes of both the Big Bang theory, history of the universe or the different representation of death in the cultures of world. The second question will present the man at the heart of the biodiversity. It will explain the mechanisms of the evolution, the man's place among the other animal species, and will address the specificity of man linked to the brain or on its own performance. The third question finally addresses the functioning of societies: cooperation, competition, creative processes...

The architecture of the building that could be related to deconstructivism is made by the Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.

The museum's area will be 22,000 m², 6,500 of them will be devoted to exhibitions, three times more than the Museum. There will be simultaneous nine exhibitions (3 permanent + 6 temporary), plus four discovered spaces and tow auditoriums. Its construction will cost about €153 million.

The museum should open in 2014. For the moment, it is offering only temporary exhibitions.

See also


  • List of museums in France



External links

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