The museum was installed in the old refectory of the Cordeliers
and the first catalogue listing around 1000 different specimins was compiled between 1836
and 1842, but by the late 1870's the museum contained over six thousand pieces.
Unfortunately, this Paris museum began a slow decline
even though there were more and more exhibits and new collections acquired, but its upkeep
became a problem and in 1937 Gustave Roussy gave the order that the museum must be closed.
Because of the closure many items were either destroyed or lost, but then in 1967 Jacques
Delarue through his hard work, brought the museum back to life with a general
The Musee Dupuytren is still open today and has a fabulous collection, which even includes
specimens that date from the 17th century, as well as wax anatomical models, books,
anatomical pieces that illustrate diseases and malformations, plus numerous photographs.
This unusual museum also contains the brains of aphasic patients that were preserved in
alcohol by the celebrated anatomist Paul Pierre Broca and used in his research into the
localisation of brain functions.
It is open on a Monday to Friday from 9.30am through to 11.30am and after lunch from 2pm
through to 4.30pm.
For anyone who has an interest in human biology or medicine, then this museum has got to
be a must to visit, but please bear in mind that it is always closed on a Saturday,
Sunday, all National holidays plus it closes in line with all university vacations as
Address & Contact Details:
15 Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine
Telephone: 1 43 29 28 60