This is probably the strangest museum I’ve ever visited, and when I say it, I mean it.
Musée de la chasse et de la nature (“hunting and nature”) was founded in 1964 by François and Jacqueline Sommer – wealthy industrialists passionate with hunting (obviously). The museum is placed in Hôtel de Guénégaud – a 17th-century building, which was created by an architect François Mansart for Jean-François de Guénégaud des Brosses, secrétaire du Roi, maître des Comptes and conseiller d’État between 1651 and 1655. Since 2002, it is also housed in the Hôtel de Mongelas (1703).
The museum’s collection is a mix of ancient and contemporary objects and it can be divided into three themes:
- Weapons and hunting accessories
- Hunting products/taxidermy
- Paintings and sculptures
But now let’s talk feelings which this place is causing. First of all, if you are an animal right defender or someone with a particularly tender soul, this is probably the wrong place for you. Because it’s creepy. But curious. But creepy!
From the very first minute to the end of your trip, you have a feeling of being inside a mix of a haunted house and a lodge of Robin Hood, as you are surrounded by
dead taxidermied animals, horns, guns, pages from botanical books, wooden floors-walls-everything, as well as medieval furniture, maps with mysterious routes, victorian gobelins and sculptures. Also be ready to see some unicorns and meet the Jägermeister deer and Puppy of Jeff Koons.
Official website: chassenature.org
Address: 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris.
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 6pm, except Mondays and public holidays.