Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Address: 62 rue des Archives, Paris, 75003, France
Telephone: 01 53 01 92 40

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A Parisian curiosity: hunting as an artform on display in a fine Marais mansion.

This is an intriguing museum if only because it's quite hard to see where it stands between animal lover and fervent hunter as seen out in the French countryside in the autumn but in fact that is part of the point – an exploration of the image of the wild animal, man's relation to nature and the inspiration animals have given to the fine an decorative arts. Much of the museum is arranged roughly by species, with rooms dedicated to wild boar, deer, dogs and even mythical unicorns. There are stuffed tigers along with beautifully crafted rifles and spears on one hand, old master paintings by Rubens and Velvet Brueghel, decorative porcelain and portraits by Desportes of Louis XIV's hunting dogs on the other, and they've also integrated works by contemporary artists, such as Jan Fabre's tiny owl ceiling, photos by Eric Poitevan and a Jeff Koons' Puppy. And as often in the Marais, an added plus is its location in a beautifully restored Marais mansion, the Hôtel Guénégaud built by François Mansart in 1651-55.

Value for money

Price advice

 6 euros, free under 18s.

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Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Art
  • History
  • Nature / wildlife