The Musée des Confluences recently opened in Lyon holds the rich heritage from the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle – Guimet.
Its name comes from its privileged geographic position where the Rhône and the Saône meet. The architects that designed the museum – the Vienna-based group Coop Himmelb(l)au – refer to it as the “crystal cloud of knowledge” because of its large glass structure, which will allow visitors to get a clear view of themes of technology, biology and ethics on the horizon.
The permanent gallery “Species, the living world” (designed by Zen+dCo.) is dedicated to the place of man in biodiversity. Wrapped by a large metallic net-like structure - that symbolizes links of DNA - the path questions the existence of human beings in their relationship to the natural and social environment.