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Venenum, a poisonous world

Venenum, un monde empoisonné © Musée des Confluences de Lyon
Venenum describes the different roles played by poison in history and culture, science and believers, medicine and criminality.
Whether it is a form of defence or of power, a targeted or diffuse mortal arm, an environmental threat or a hope for the medicine of tomorrow, poisons have always stimulated fear and fascination. The exhibition explores the theme of poison in an interdisciplinary way, just like the permanent exhibition of the musée des Confluences. Works of art, historical and ethnographic collections mix and dialogue with the natural-science collections to illustrate the uses of poison during the course of history. Many audio-visuals and interactive displays make it possible to give an educational and contemporary view of the subject, whereas venomous and toxic animals displayed in an aquarium or a vivarium plunge you into the heart of this poisonous nature…

practical information

Confluence Museum

86 quai Perrache 69002 Lyon 2ème

Tel. : 04 28 38 12 12

Opening times

From 15/04/2017 to 13/04/2018 , Tue. to Sun.: 11 am-7 pm. Thu. til 10 pm, Sat., Sun and bank hols from 10 am to 7 pm. On July 14th: 11 am-10 pm.
Counters close 45 min. before.
Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


Adult: 9 €, Student: 5 € (18-25 years.).

One entrance fee for the permanent and temporary exhibitions.

€6 – reduced price
€5 – young adults aged 18-25
Free for job seekers, RSA beneficiaries and social minima, disabled and their escorts, AAH and AEEH or holders of a disability card, voluntary civic service. Lyon City Card, national tour guide, ICOM card, Eurostar ticket (valid for 5 days after the go: 1 full price ticket purchased = 1 free ticket).

€ 7 – group rate (10 or more adults, by reservation)
Reduced rates for everyone from 17:00 (tickets purchased on site only).
€6 redudec price.
Free with Lyon City Card,
Reduced rates for everyone from 17:00 (tickets purchased on site only)

reservation info

Groupes (à partir de 10 adultes) uniquement sur réservation.
Du lundi au vendredi de 10h à 17h


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