MUSE biotope

An oasis of biodiversity in the city

An urban stretch of water that changes with the passing seasons. A lake covering 600 square metres, the glass architecture of the Tropical Greenhouse reflected among its water lilies. An “unexpected” natural haven, home to aquatic plants that are rare if not extinct in nature.

A tiny oasis of biodiversity inhabited by aquatic insects, amphibians and birds, the MUSE biotope aims to be an open-air laboratory for study, nature conservation and educational activity linked to Citizen Science.

Open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, free entry.
  • Biotopo 620 (1)
  • Biotopo 620 (2)
  • Biotopo 620 (3)
  • Biotopo 620 (4)
  • Biotopo 620 (5)
  • Biotopo 620 (6)
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This project, originally imagined by the architect Renzo Piano, intends to send out a clear, counter-trend message: the appreciation of the huge wealth of plants and animals that exists in wetlands, a precious treasure trove of biodiversity.

The biotope in numbers
2,000 square metres of which 600 are covered by the lake, and 200 by marshland 
1.80 metres the maximum depth of the lake 
80 botanical species, inhabiting both the water and the marshland 
Over 4,000 plants planted 
1 and a half year’s work by fifteen people and companies