The Musée des Confluences is an EPCC-IC (établissement public de coopération culturelle à caractère industriel et commercial, i.e. French state-owned industrial and commercial cultural cooperation institution) created in 2014 by three founders: Métropole de Lyon (i.e. Metropolis of Lyon), Ville de Lyon (i.e. City of Lyon) and ENS (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, an elite French public institution that trains professors, researchers, and senior civil servants, as well as business and political leaders).
Its governance is divided between the Board of Directors and the museum’s director, assisted by the Scientific Board, which provides advisory opinions.
« Located at the confluence of the Rivers Rhône and Saône, the Musée des Confluences is open to the world’s horizons. Exploring its collections, inherited from Lyon’s erstwhile museums, yields an insight into the immeasurable wealth of cultures and civilisations and an opportunity to share knowledge, challenges and dreams. »
Hélène Lafont-Couturier, Director of the Musée des Confluences
« Comprendre la Terre et son histoire depuis les origines, saisir cette humanité qui est la nôtre : le musée des Confluences nous ancre dans l’infinie diversité du présent tout en nous permettant de penser le monde de demain. Ce musée est en perpétuel mouvement : je vous invite à venir le découvrir ou le redécouvrir, visiter tout ou partie, le faire vôtre. »
Fanny Dubot, présidente du musée des Confluences
Board of Directors
It features 24 members, including 12 Métropole representatives, 2 Ville de Lyon representatives, 2 ENS Lyon representatives, 6 qualified experts, and 2 employee representatives.
- Chair of the EPCC, Métropole councillor and mayor of Lyon’s 7thdistrict: Fanny Dubot
- Deputy chair of the EPCC, member of the Métropole standing committee: Myriam Picot
- Elected Métropole representatives: Pierre Athanaze, Yves Ben Itah, Vinciane Brunel-Vieira, Corinne Cardona, Véronique Dubois-Bertrand, Caroline Lagarde, Christophe Marguin, Richard Marion, Clotilde Pouzergue, and Cédric Van Styvendael
- Mayor of Lyon: Grégory Doucet
- Elected Ville de Lyon representative: Nathalie Perrin-Gilbert
- ENS Lyon representatives: Emmanuelle Boulineau and Teva Vernoux
- Qualified experts: Nathalie Dompnier, Hervé Laurent, Yannick Lintz, Hubert Guimet, Bruno Maquart and Antoine De Riedmatten
- Museum employee representatives: Julia Blondeau-Brézillon and Yoann Cormier
The scientific board helps the museum to define its strategic choices in the fields of science, heritage, and culture in general. Since the museum opened, it has notably contributed to the development of the new scientific and cultural project, approved by the Board of Directors in 2019.
The 16 members of the scientific board are experts in a range of disciplines and work at a number of different organisations, in accordance with the museum’s desire to promote communication between different fields of expertise.
It is chaired by Jean-Luc Martinez, general heritage curator, chair and director of the Louvre museum from 2013 to 2021.
- Sylvain Amic, Rouen Métropole museums director
- Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, philosopher and historian of science
- Mickaël Bourgoin, research director at CNRS (i.e. French National Centre for Scientific Research), ENS Lyon physics laboratory
- Isabelle von Bueltzingsloewen, deputy chair, head of research and doctoral training at Université Lumière-Lyon 2
- Isabelle Daniel, “platform promotion and monitoring” policy officer, reporting to the Université Claude Bernard Lyon-1 Academic Board research committee.
- Bruno David, chair of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (i.e. French National Natural History Museum)
- Claudine Fréchet, dean of humanities and languages, Université Catholique de Lyon (i.e. Lyon catholic university)
- Christian Hottin, academic dean of the Institut National du Patrimoine (i.e. French national heritage institute)
- Bernard Bigot, chair of ITER Organization
- Nathalie Mémoire, head curator, director of the Muséum de Bordeaux (i.e. Bordeaux museum)
- Dominique Leglu, scientific journalist, managing editor at Sciences & Avenir magazine since 2003
- Alain Mérieux, chair of Institut Mérieux, Fondation Mérieux and chair-founder of BioMérieux
- Benoît Auclerc, cultural policy officer, Université Jean-Moulin-Lyon 3
- Manuel Valentin, lecturer-researcher at the Musée de l’Homme (i.e. museum of humanity)
- Boris Wastiau, director of the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (i.e. Ethnography Museum Geneva)
The team currently features nearly 100 employees spread across five departments, plus service providers handling museum reception and ticket sales, education, cleaning, and security roles.