Museum of Confluences
Interesting scientific exhibitions and fabulous architecture.
A new milestone in the city
One of the latest symbols of contemporary, cutting-edge Lyon, opening its doors in late 2014 (after dragging on and going massively over budget), this impressive structure of cement, steel, and glass dubbed "the crystal cloud" is located at the confluence of the city's two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône. That provides a literal reference for the museum's name, while thematically it also deals with the confluences of science and anthropology, especially as applied to social evotion. In fact, three of its most visited permanent exhibitions are "Who Are We?", "Where Do We Come From?" and "Where Are We Going?" There is also a wealth of programming of temporary exhibitions, thematic cycles, and talks/conferences. And by the way, don't forget to check out the real mammoth - discovered nearby a century and a half ago!