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March 18, 2015 12:26 ET

The Musee des Confluences Opens in Lyon: A New Museum for France, a New Symbol for Lyon

The Musee des Confluences Is an Exceptional New Museum, Boasting a Breath-Taking View and Audacious Architecture

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) -  The official inauguration was December 20th 2014, and the Musée des Confluences hosted over 300,000 visitors in the first three months alone. The museum showcases a number of enticing exhibits including a temporary exhibition, produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, titled "Conquering the South Pole."

An unparalleled museum

Located at the gateway to the city, where Lyon's two rivers -- the Rhone and the Saone -- meet, the Musée des Confluences has rapidly become the newest symbol of the urban area. Indeed, through its boldness and scope, it embodies the renewal of Lyon, and more specifically of the Lyon-Confluence district where it is located. This area is undergoing total transformation, becoming the city of the future.

Designed by the famous Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, known for its works typical of Deconstructivism, such as the BMW Arena in Munich or the headquarters of the European Central Bank, the Musée des Confluences evokes a meeting between a crystal and a cloud, materialized within the building's 22,000 sq. m.

This monument hosts a vast permanent collection over 32,000 square feet interconnecting different disciplines and telling the story of mankind. The collections were mainly compiled in the 17th century by Emile Guimet, and then they were enriched through a policy of intensive acquisition.

Four exhibitions entrusted to separate exhibition designers offer visitors an experience that explores the origins and destiny of humanity:

  • Origins: The Narratives of the World
  • Societies: The Theatre of Mankind
  • Species: The tapestry of Life
  • Eternity: Visions from Beyond

The Musée des Confluences stimulates curiosity, emotions and amazement, by simultaneously drawing from various scientific disciplines (paleontology, mineralogy, entomology, science and techniques, etc.) and mythological references.

Meeting at the museum

In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the Musée des Confluences also features very intense temporary shows scheduled over the next three years. The new exhibition, "Conquering the South Pole," which will last until 28 June 2015, enables visitors to discover an exciting and arduous expedition undertaken by two teams of explorers through the ice pack of Antarctica. Designed by incorporating collections loaned by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, one of the foremost natural history museums, the exhibition takes visitors along on this legendary journey.

Musée des Confluences is also a prominent public place to spend an evening in Lyon. People can visit the Crystal, walk across the base and admire the confluence of the Rhone and Saone from the garden. This exceptional setting outside the confines of the protected city center has been recognized by UNESCO.

Restaurants also contribute to the atmosphere of liveliness and relaxation in the area. These renowned spots are run by two Lyon-based chefs, Guy Lassausaie, a two star Michelin chef, and Jean-Paul Pignol. Light fare offered at the Comptoir Gourmand on the museum's roof, while the Brasserie des Confluences, surrounded by shallow pools of water, provides a true gastronomical dining experience.

Auditoriums, meeting spaces, catering services and rooms available for private use also make this the ideal place for companies to host business meetings. 

More details on www.museedesconfluences.fr

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