Confluences Museum, where modernity finds a home

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Confluences Museum, where modernity finds a home

Dedicated to the history of societies, the museum is also an inspiration to contemporary creation.

Deconstructivist architecture defines this building at the confluence (hence its name) of the Saône and the Rhône, on the site of a former gasworks. The museum opened in 2014 and was built on this location to help people forget the mistakes of the city planners of the 1970s (including the infamous Fourvière tunnel). Its imposing silhouette will impress you if you are coming from the south of France by motorway.

Its collections are as impressive as the building itself. It brings together works by Emile Guimet and those of a natural history museum founded during the French Revolution along with those of a former colonial museum, and all the objects collected during the 19th century by Catholic missionaries.

It has now accumulated more than two million pieces, ranging from prehistoric times to the modern world. Its installations sometimes lend themselves to debate, but no one disputes its status as a curio cabinet. It is also a stakeholder in the Lyon Biennale, and hosts its temporary exhibitions.

Musée des Confluences
86 quai Perrache
69002 Lyon

+33 (0)4 28 38 12 12