Sunday, October 27, 2019

A Great Museum for Halloween - in Paris!

Happy Halloween! 

Paris Museum of Natural History
Hall of Skeletons at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
A perfect Museum for Halloween is the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, or in English - the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.  This place is crawling with skeletons of all sorts!  

snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris
Snake skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
I see many museums when I travel, but France's premiere museum of natural history is unique in my experience.

Elephant Skeletons at Paris Museum of Natural History
Mounted elephant skeletons at the Museum
It features hundreds of mounted skeletons of mammals, big... (Elephant skeletons shown above)

Bird Skeletons at the Paris Museum of Natural History
Tiny Bird skeletons at the Museum in Paris
and small. (Bird skeletons about 3 inches tall above, baby gorilla below)

Gorilla Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History Paris
Juvenile (2 year old) Gorilla skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The quantity and quality of the skeleton collection makes it fascinating to see and contemplate - and is reason why the famous Sorbonne University bases educational programs around the museum.

Rhinosaurus Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History Paris
Rhino Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The atmosphere is both beautiful and thought provoking.

Dinosaur skeletons at the Paris Museum of Natural History
Dinosaurs and more at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
The museum includes some dinosaurs and extinct creatures as well.  

Emmanuel Fremiet Orangutan sculpture
Emmanuel Fremiet Sculpture at the Museum of Natural History in Paris
Even before you enter the museum, the ticket line walks past this amazing and alarming sculpture by Emmanuel Fremiet featuring an Orangutan choking a native from Borneo, carved in Marble in 1896.

Emmanuel Fremiet Orangutan sculpture
Detail of Emmanuel Fremiet sculpture
The sculpture gets you thinking of the power of nature, with humans not dominant, even before you enter the rooms beyond. 

snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris
Snake skeleton at the museum of natural history Paris

I've never contemplated a snake skeleton before, much less seen one, but after having seen the museum's many exhibits and skeletons, I can imagine this museum has inspired many to pursue medical and biological careers.   I also may have inspired a few nightmares as well, but I left enriched and wishing I would have had planned more time for this incredible museum.

I hope you enjoy the autumn season, Halloween and Thanksgiving!   

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Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

A perfect visit for these days ....

Taken For Granted said...

Perfect post for Halloween. Happy Halloween.

Tamar SB said...

What a cool place!

Photo Cache said...

Great exhibit.

Worth a Thousand Words

Lady Fi said...

Very cool!

eileeninmd said...


What a cool museum and exhibit. It is a great post for Halloween!
Happy Halloween. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great week ahead.

NCSue said...

Great post for Halloween, but I wonder what possessed the sculptor to carve the strangulation sculpture? Can you imagine the mind of the person who would spend hours... days... perhaps weeks... carving that?
Thanks for sharing at

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Absolutely fascinating! What a museum. I was not familiar with it but it's on my list for our next trip to Paris. Thanks

Veronica Lee said...

I would love to visit this cool museum! Fabulous photo!

Mandy said...

What a fun thing to do this Halloween season!

With Love,

molly said...

What an amazing place


Peabea Scribbles said...

Truly interesting to see the skeletons and am always amazed at how they carve the statues; especially out of Marble. Enjoyed seeing your post at Pictorial Tuesday so I could come visit. :)

betty-NZ said...

That's quite an unusual museum. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos with us!

I'm so glad to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thank you for your visit to me and the encouraging words. That would be quite a sight to see. Very interesting and perfect timing..Happy Monday..Judy

Moois van mie said...

Yes! I love that museum! Great pictures!