Musée de sciences biologiques Docteur Mérieux

Visit the exhibition

You can visit the museum in two different ways:

- Chronological visit:learn about the Mérieux adventure, the people who have played roles in it, their discoveries and the stages in the development of the various companies ;

- Thematic visit:explore educational exhibits that explain scientific, medical and technical issues.


Each room is organized around three themes:

- Educational information making science easy to understand, 

- Mérieux’s scientific and industrial adventure, including the people who have played roles in it: Marcel Mérieux, Doctor Charles Mérieux, Doctor Jean Mérieux, Alain Mérieux and Doctor Christophe Mérieux,

- How the village of Marcy l’Etoile has changed, showing the impact that scientific and industrial activities have had on the development of the commune.



A chronological visit familiarizes you with the major public health challenges faced over the years:

1897-1917: «Germs at the root of infectious diseases»: the work of Louis Pasteur, with whom the destiny of Marcel Mérieux was intimately connected.

1917-1937: «The first applications in human and veterinary medicine»: biology applied to both humans and animals lay at the heart of the Mérieux Institute's strategy.

1937- 1967: «From serum to industrial biology»: the shift from small-scale biology to the industrial production of human and veterinary vaccines, enabling the implementation of large-scale disease prevention programs.

1967-1997: «International expansion»: development of the various Mérieux companies to guarantee public and animal health at global level.

Since 1997: «New challenges»: information on:

- The global epidemiological situation,

- Advances in scientific research, particularly in molecular biology, enabling new ways to fight against infectious diseases to be developed,

- Essential new international partnerships to provide solutions that meet the public health needs of developing countries.

A thematic visit familiarizes you with scientific, medical and technical issues:

- The history of medicine;

 - The different types of microbes/micro-organisms: viruses, bacteria, parasites; 

- The world’s major infectious diseases;

- The geo-politics of epidemics: health inequality;
- Ways of fighting epidemics: prophylaxis (prevention);
- Serotherapy;

- The principles of vaccination: history, production, storage (lyophilization), routes of administration and the various types of vaccines available;

- Viral and bacterial culture;

 - Clinical and industrial in vitro diagnostics;

- Diagnostic techniques and methods;
- Emerging diseases;

 - Genetics at the heart of the fight against disease.