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);
- 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.