Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

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  • Natural history
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© Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr, 'The Wolf's and the Stag's Room' (photo exposée lors de l'exposition 'Fables' dédiée à la photographe en 2008)
The Marais

A two-year overhaul turned the three-floor hunting museum from a musty old-timer into something really rather special. When it reopened in 2007, it had kept the basic layout and proportions of the two adjoining 17th-century mansions it occupies, but many of its new exhibits and settings seem more suited to an art gallery than a museum. The history of hunting and man's larger relationship with the natural world are examined in things like a quirky series of wooden cabinets devoted to the owl, wolf, boar and stag, each equipped with a bleached skull, small drawers you can open to reveal droppings and footprint casts, and a binocular eyepiece you can peer into for footage of the animal in the wild. A cleverly simple mirrored box contains a stuffed hen that is replicated into infinity on every side; and a stuffed fox is set curled up on a Louis XVI chair as though it were a domestic pet. Thought-provoking stuff.

Venue name: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Address: Hôtel Guénégaud
62 rue des Archives
3e
Paris

Opening hours: 11am-6pm Tue-Sun
Price: €6; €4.50 reductions; free under-18s & 1st Sun of mth

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