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Musee Dupuytren Museum In Paris

The Musee Dupuytren is a museum of anatomical items illustrating diseases and malformations and situated in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris it is located within the Couvent des Cordeliers.

This museum was established in 1835 by Mathieu Orfila and was known as the Museum of Pathological Anatomy of the Medicine Faculty of the University of Paris.  The original exhibits themselves were left in the will of Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, who was an anatomist and professor of surgery.

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Musee Dupuytren Museum In Paris

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 refurbishment.

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 well.

Address & Contact Details:

Mus?e Dupuytren
15 Rue de l'Ecole de M?decine
Les Cordeliers

Telephone: 1 43 29 28 60

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