Émile Guimet Gallery
The exhibition route
Why such a space dedicated to donors?
“Nearly 70% of our collections come from donations. The Émile Guimet Gallery therefore presents the entire history of the Musée des Confluences, from its origins to the most recent donations. The museum continues to attract the interest of many donors, both collectors and scientists. The Galerie begins with a “pass on and share” showcase, the name of which sums up the vision behind the choice of these women and men: to make their work known to as many people as possible, and to enable the conservation, study and presentation of these unique collections."
Hélène Lafont-Couturier, General Director of the Musée des Confluences
That the space is named after Émile Guimet (1836-1918) needs no explanation. An industrialist from Lyon with a passion for exploring the four corners of the world, Guimet was a great traveller with infinite curiosity and a man of culture who questioned myths and beliefs. He lent his name to the creation of museums and was always keen to present and subsequently bequeath collections that would be assembled gradually, in which Asia held a privileged place.Read more
From a private collection to a public collection
The objects and specimens gathered in the Émile Guimet Gallery bear witness to the many donations and bequests that have marked the history of the Musée des Confluences. For the women and men who have selected and collected them, these objects are part of a larger whole – a collection. This collection is the result of passionate research and long-term work that conveys a personal vision of the world. Once passed on to the museum, it continues to be enriched: each piece contained in the collection can be studied by researchers and then discovered by museum visitors.Read more