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Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature In Paris

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is a museum dedicated to hunting and is situated in the Marais district of Paris, France.

The museum is housed in the beautiful building called Hôtel de Guénégaud, which was built between 1651 and 1655 by the famous architect François Mansart for Jean- François de Guénégaud des Brosses, who was the Secretary of State at that time, and today unfortunately, it is the only building still standing from this architect.

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After a major renovation and restoration project, the doors to the museum re-opened and it is no where near like an old building you would expect from the inside as it had a complete revamp and very radical change.  The team had the building completely gutted to allow for them to completely customise the space and all of the fittings inside are new, but the renovation was also a painstakingly slow process, for example, the window frames on the outside were discovered to be blue, which was hidden under layers and layers of paint over the ages, and this has made the old building come into the present but with sympathy for the original.

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, also known as The Museum of Hunting and Animal Art is, as the name states, all about hunting and if you are an animal activist, then this is not really going to be the place for you.

However, the museum is devoted to hunting through the ages and is divided into three main areas of interconnecting rooms with exhibits of hunting weapons, from very early weapons through to flintlocks and then into the modern shotguns.  There is a trophy room with mounted trophies, which range from bears, deer and African game plus there are stuffed animals and also a section on art, which includes pictures of fox hunting, which are also are displayed along side other contemporary exhibits such as engraved gold dog collars.

In fact, the museum is displayed in such a way that it tries to get the visitor thinking about the ancient and often mystical relationship between humans and the wild creatures that we have hunted, feared or tamed over the years and in some ways it is like thinking about the wolf and the devil.

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature experience is extremely moving and in our opinion probably not one of the best places to take children, as there is no attempt to erase the reality of brute force and suffering that us humans have inflicted on animals over the course of hundreds or years.  Yet they do have tours for children in an attempt to try and educate them on cruelty and how we are looking at preserving life, rather than hunting for pleasure and in some cases virtually to extinction.

This is a small museum and you can comfortably see the displays within one to two hours, but there is also a bookshop on site as well.

The museum is always closed on a Monday and on national holidays, but is open every other day from 11am through to 6pm.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Hôtel de Guénégaud des Brosses
60 Rue des Archives

Telephone: 1 53 01 92 40

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

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