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|
62 rue des Archives
|Opening hours:||11am-6pm Tue-Sun|
|Price:||€6; €4.50 reductions; free under-18s & 1st Sun of mth|
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This year, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature presents three concurrent installations on the relation between art, safaris and hunting trips. In the first room, Louis Tinayre’s paintings from treks he made with Albert 1, Prince of Monaco depict lavish...Until Sunday September 4 2016Read more