To the ends of the earth: through the eyes of missionaries

The Musée des Confluences preserves the memory of this period with the loan of some 2300 objects belonging to the 'Œuvres Pontificales Missionnaires' (Pontifical Mission Societies), as it is now called, since 1979.

Last updated date : 08/06/2021
From 18/06/2021 to 08/05/2022 between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm except on January 1st May 1st and December 25th. Closed on Monday.
Musée des Confluences 86 quai Perrache - 69002 Lyon 2ème

Beginning in 1822, the creation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Lyon gave hundreds of young men and women a chance to travel through unknown lands in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as they carried out missionary work.

The exhibition draws parallels between missionaries' accounts and the history of the objects collected overseas, which they sent or carried back to Lyon. Neither explorers, nor travellers, some of these young men and women developed scientific skills, ranging from ethnology to linguistics, cartography and zoology.
The objects they collected, used in rituals or everyday life, threw light on previously unknown cultures. The exhibition also invites visitors to question this vision of the world and the perspective that a museum should adopt today in relation to this period of history.

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  • From 18/06/2021 to 08/05/2022 between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
    Closed on Monday.
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Musée des Confluences

86 quai Perrache - 69002 Lyon 2ème

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