MUSÉE DES CONFLUENCES: A SHOWCASE
A wide mix of venues and events creates a vibrant cultural scene in La Confluence. First of all, there’s the local area’s iconic building: Musée des Confluences, designed by Coop Himmelblau.
Since 2014, this beautiful modern building with its astounding design has been telling the story of humanity and of life in all its forms. The natural sciences, the life sciences, the earth sciences, human science and the history of technology are explored through exhibitions, conferences and workshops where families can experiment together. The museum includes the collections of the Guimet Museum, including a mammoth skeleton discovered in 1859 on Choulans Road, about two kilometres from the current site of Musée des Confluences.
Musée des Confluences features two restaurants:
- La Brasserie des Confluences, on the ground floor, where Jean-Paul Pignol, a recipient of the award ‘One of the Best Craftsmen of France’ (Un Des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France) and Guy Lassausaie, a Michelin-starred chef, combine their expertise to create gastronomic brasserie-style fare, offering traditional French cuisine.
- Le Comptoir Gourmand, located on the terrace level (level + 4), offering high-quality homemade-style fare. It’s a breathtaking view!
Musée des Confluences in Lyon
ON THE DOCKS
On the banks of the Saône, La Sucrière is a former sugar warehouse of Port Rambaud, transformed into an exhibition and event venue. The Contemporary Art Biennale has shown artworks from around the world here, every other year since 2003. Each time, a new artist takes over the façade overlooking the Saône River: Marco Godinho (2017), Anthea Hamilton (2015), Paulo Nimer Pjota (2013), etc.
On the building’s roof, the Sucre holds concerts, club events and conferences, all year long. The Docks have become a key player in Lyon’s nightlife.
MUSIC AND CULTURE
Between the Saône and the marina, MJC Presqu’île Confluence offers a wide mix of cultural opportunities: conferences, language, dance and wine tasting lessons, guided tours, hiking, and more, for young and old alike. More than 100 activities in all! It also coordinates the Marché Gare concert hall, dedicated to contemporary music, in a historic building of the former wholesale market.
Another music venue: Le Périscope, on the Rhône side, specialises in innovative music, as well as jazz and rock concerts, culture cafés, documentary screenings and poetic cabarets.
As for cinema, there’s always a rich and diversified programme of films to see at the UGC Confluence complex in the Confluence shopping centre, featuring 14 theatres and 1,400 seats.
Finally, the Municipal Archives of Lyon, located in the former mail sorting centre, open their collections to the public and hold exhibitions, conferences and workshops to an ever-growing audience interested in the history of Lyon. In 2018, this venue hosted the exhibition “La Confluence: 15 Years Already”. This show explored the history of the project, illustrated by photographs, storytelling and audio and video testimonials.