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Secrets from the Earth


Last updated date : 13/02/2024

Venture deep into the Earth’s foundations and discover the wonder of the mineral wealth that our planet harbours.

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We might not always be aware of it, but minerals are all around us: stone is used to build our homes; metal to make coins and machinery; rocks, such as coal, are harnessed to generate energy; and soil, ores and salts power our industries.

Between the history of civilisations and that, as old as time itself, of mineral formation, the exhibition delves into the physical and chemical properties of minerals and their uses through the centuries, since prehistoric times.

There is much at stake in light of the scarcity of such resources today. New discoveries could help shape a future that is more respectful of the environment and of living creatures as a whole – but the challenge that lies ahead is a daunting one.

Practical information


86 quai Perrache - 69002 Lyon 2ème




Full price: 12 €, Reduced price: 7 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years, children accompanied by an adult, the students, disabled people and accompanying persons.


From 24/06/2022 to 31/12/2024 between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.


Secrets from the Earth

Musée des Confluences

86 quai Perrache - 69002 Lyon 2ème

04 28 38 12 12

I go by alternative transportation

Stop: Musée des Confluences Tram – T1 Bus – C7, C10, 15, 63, 88 Car – Tony Garnier car park

This activity is included in the Lyon City Card!

The essential tourist and cultural pass to make the most of your stay in Lyon!