Musée des confluences

Inheriting the Earth, from the Neolithic to us

affiche exposition La Terre en héritage

2 April 2021 to 30 January 2022

The exhibition assesses human impacts on the Earth at the beginning of this 21st century. The current situation is the result of a long process and its acceleration over the course of the last century.
The exhibition searches for the origins of our environment's exploitation in the Neolithic, a period that profoundly changed our relationship with the natural world and other living beings. As they settled down during this period, humans began to lay the foundations of a new relationship of domination over nature.

Domestication of plants and animals, housing, transport, production and consumption: for each of these topics, you will travel back through time to identify key moments in modern history when environmental changes on an unprecedented scale began to appear, leading to the advent of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene.


The exhibition is co-produced with the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP)