Musée des Confluences
Musée des Confluences
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10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Unmissable in Lyon, the musée des Confluences tells the story of mankind and the history of life. Unprecedented in the world of European museums, it sets up a dialogue between all the sciences to better understand the world. Live out a unique experience by leafing through the great tale of the origins of humanity and life. At the heart of remarkable scenographies, let yourselves be guided through time and continents and be surprised by the beauty of the collections: meteorites, Camarasaurus, humming birds, femina sapiens, microscopes, Siberian tiger, sputnik, Samurai armours… Between Rhône and Saône, come to discover an audacious architecture and an exceptional site on the cutting edge of the Lyon peninsula.
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  • Andreas V
    Copenhagen, Denmark497 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    It's a wonderful museum with a beautiful collection in imposing rooms that nonetheless leave the focus on the objects. It is both science and anthropology/ethnography, and it is so interesting that the exhibits are curated to be multidisciplinary. For instance, the "species" exhibit combines traditional zoology with ethnographic artifacts that represent animals (or are mummified animals) in order to showcase not just the natural world, but we have historically understood and related to it. The whole museum is like that, and it's great. It's not the most child-friendly museum if your kids are below school age, but it's still good, and this being Lyon the museum café is way better than in most such places.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Kwnstantina D
    Athens, Greece94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential visit when you come to Lyon!
    A very educative and informative visit you should enjoy with your family!!! The museum holds different collection all linking to each other around the creation, origins, social behaviours and relation of mankind with other species! It is very interactive and you will need half a day to roam around and enjoy the collections!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • bf67
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb experience
    We have visited many museums and collections around the world, this experience was absolutely in my top 5. A fascinating structure/facility & very thoughtful well structured exhibits, provided a superb experience. The coffee shop on the room was a lovely and refreshing break from the educational & viewing marathon.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Annapollino
    Bend, Oregon73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Lyon
    This stunning building houses many exceptional exhibits. Each exhibit is designed creatively and interactively. We spent a half day on just the floor of temporary and stayed an extra day in Lyon to experience the first floor's permanent exhibits. Phenomenal. Best of Lyon.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 October 2023
  • comeonyougooners
    154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant museum, amazing building
    The permanent collection is fascinating, we were all totally enthralled in every room. From the origins of humans to societies, from the origins of life, to the incredible fossils of the mammoth, dinosaurs and highly interactive features to keep everyone, especially children interested and engrossed. The temporary collections were brilliant too, especially the Vincent Munier photography and videography of his work in the forests looking at nature close by, absolutely absorbing.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2024
  • shekchilly09
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    The museum is divided into themes like "Love" "Death" "Creation" and there are multiple exhibits inside. Try to reach early in the morning 930 onwards, to reduce your queue wait time as crowds increase later in day. Free lockers are provided in Basement area, so you dont need to carry heavy bags around. Timed e-tickets are sold on their website, so show up 15 mins before your slot for a minimal wait time entry. on the roof, you can get a view of the rivers confluence of Saone and Rhone or you can also get a view of the city around. There is a cafe on the roof but the queue was quite long, so we gave it a skip
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Annapollino
    Bend, Oregon73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crown of Lyon
    I did a lot of research for my first trip to France and made a three week itinerary covering many interesting locations. One of the highlights of the experience was spending a day at the Musée des Confluences. Not only is the architecture of the building unique and magnificent, but the exhibitions inside were varied, informative, and exceptional.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
  • StanBrynmawr
    Brynmawr, United Kingdom722 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large modern museum
    Cath the tram from Guillotiere and you stop right opposite the museum. Massive modern building right by the Confluence of Rhone and Saone rivers. Main exhibitions over 2 levels reached by escalators. Lots of interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions. Was busy with schoolkids, so maybe go at time when schools are off. Part of Lyon City Pass options for free entry. Another one worth a visit.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
  • Troy S
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful natural history museum, great location
    This is one of the best natural history museums we've been to anywhere. The building itself has a delightful architecture and a scenic location at the confluence of Lyon's two rivers. The permanent exhibits on science and anthropology are extensive, fascinating and very well displayed. There were also four temporary exhibits that were truly breathtaking.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited the Musee des Confluences because of its unusual design and location. It opened in 2014 on a terrific spot where two rivers meet, at the southern end of the Presqu'île, the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. The views are fantastic particularly from the top of the building. The museum is an Anthropology and Natural Sciences museum, but we only inspected the building itself, not the museum exhibits. This is a wonderful building and an absolute must see.
Written 28 July 2020
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Annapollino
Bend, OR73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I did a lot of research for my first trip to France and made a three week itinerary covering many interesting locations. One of the highlights of the experience was spending a day at the Musée des Confluences. Not only is the architecture of the building unique and magnificent, but the exhibitions inside were varied, informative, and exceptional.
Written 16 April 2024
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Amanda G
190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This was a very interesting museum and not traditional. Realistically you could spend hours in each exhibit but we only had 3 hours in total so started with Origins and finished with the special exhibits. It wasn't busy (we went mid day, mid week) and easy to get to on transit. Even though I studied biology and environmental sciences I learned a lot from this museum. The exhibits are well done and interactive enough I expect older kids through adults would enjoy them. Highly recommend!
Written 6 February 2023
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Orserio
142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
There is very little reason to go in, except to see the building (which you can do - the ticket office is halfway through the first floor). This one museum actually attempts to tell a story - in the most contrived way imaginable. A true museum for the millenials: good for Insta selfies, zero educational value. I feel stupider for having visited. There is wi-fi and a cafeteria, though.
Written 30 April 2022
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FreddyNeitsche
Geneva, Switzerland149 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Great looking building, that's aémost as far as I can go with being positive.....

The outside is stunning, the inside is simply boring and that goes for the exhibitions as well..

It's hard to describe what's actually going on, there are 2 floors each containing a few large rooms.. The rooms are divided into various cultural and/or human themes...

But they are disparate, a multitude of strangely connected animals, costumes items with the themes that appear to come and go in a none linear fashion.

Personaly I will never go back, it just wasn't interesting.. at least not in my opinion..

Was really let down as I expected a lot ...
Written 12 March 2022
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Phillips3675
Brooklyn, NY180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Couples
This is a relatively new museum that has taken advantage of the latest technology to highlight a large number of very interesting items. It is a collection of collections so at times it seems disjointed but I think they pull all the themes together well and without either Disney glitz or almost all the moralizing American museums feel they need to do when they talk about other cultures. Lacking the smugness and superficial insights of many museums allows them to dig deeper and with greater respect both for the objects on display and the visitors.

I wish the lighting on some of the descriptions was better but that is a minor point. Though appreciate the amount of English language labeling there is .

It’s a fine collection and the comments made by the scholars in the videos are serious and thoughtful.

I also liked it because it is quite different than almost any other museum we go to.
Written 6 July 2022
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Kwnstantina D
Athens, Greece94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A very educative and informative visit you should enjoy with your family!!! The museum holds different collection all linking to each other around the creation, origins, social behaviours and relation of mankind with other species! It is very interactive and you will need half a day to roam around and enjoy the collections!
Written 6 September 2023
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Gerard T
Groningen, The Netherlands24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Nature, culture, geology, etc. is illustrated in different exposition halls by an interesting collection of objects, carefully and artfully presented in context. Very impressive and well done. Situated in a building that is itself a remarkable architectural work of art.
Written 14 October 2022
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Sousou
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The museum is impressive both inside and outside. It contains very exotic themed rooms that teach us about various human, scientific, geographical and social themes...
The exposed works are absolutely remarkable.
I highly recommend this museum.
Written 10 November 2022
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Andreas V
Copenhagen, Denmark497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
It's a wonderful museum with a beautiful collection in imposing rooms that nonetheless leave the focus on the objects.

It is both science and anthropology/ethnography, and it is so interesting that the exhibits are curated to be multidisciplinary. For instance, the "species" exhibit combines traditional zoology with ethnographic artifacts that represent animals (or are mummified animals) in order to showcase not just the natural world, but we have historically understood and related to it.

The whole museum is like that, and it's great.

It's not the most child-friendly museum if your kids are below school age, but it's still good, and this being Lyon the museum café is way better than in most such places.
Written 31 July 2023
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