Our next stop on the lesser-visited museum beat was the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature). I had read online that it was truly strange and thought it was worth a look. I was also told by a French friend that it is "very hipster" and he was completely right. It's like the Museum of Twee and Quirkiness.
For example, one of the first exhibits is a stuffed owl in a dark room.
Oh wow! That's quite the owl! What's that above him... OH GOD...
It is a goddamn ceiling made out of owls, for some reason.
The collection of taxidermy animals was pretty vast, including a wall of various be-antlered creatures, two gorillas enjoying a meal together, a fox in a chair that is going to accidentally get sat on someday, a full-size polar bear, and a wild boar who speaks French (he speaks with a heavy "boar" accent so I couldn't understand him though).
But the taxidermy wasn't the only hipsterish element. The museum also featured profile pic-worthy art installations. Like these ones I took of Sean!
At one point an old man (presumably who worked there but I am honestly not sure) stopped us to tell us that we had missed something very important. He then whisked us back to the previous room where he pointed to a little crack on the wall...
See. I told you this place was the Museum of Twee and Quirkiness.
As much as I make fun of it, though, I quite enjoyed this museum. It's offbeat and strange and you can kind of just get lost in there, turn a corner, and be like "oh, sure, of course those two gorillas are dining." It was also super uncrowded and not very far from other, more-popular museums like the Centre Pompidou. Recommended.
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
62 Rue des Archives
75003 Paris, France