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Auxerre, Musée d'histoire naturelle
 
In a former middle-class house the town of Auxerre presents its natural history collections by way of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, organising a large number of activities around the exhibitions, such as theme days, videoconferences and other artistic activities.

See history
 

Now at the museum
 
Voyage imaginaire - Sur les traces des naturalistes

Aux XVIIIème et XIXème, siècles de nombreux explorateurs sont partis à la découverte du monde : ce furent les voyageurs naturalistes.

Une classe de 5ème du collège Bienvenu Martin d'Auxerre s'est inspirée de ces fabuleuses épopées pour imaginer un voyage naturaliste de fantaisie.

 
Main collections
 

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  Natural history
The museum's collections might appear rather disparate. Fossils and minerals are alongside birds, mammals and shells, as well as elephants' tusks and bags from reptile skins
One of the place's main functions, like the museum, is the preservation of the natural heritage. Interest in the collections is all the greater on account of the developments and changes occurring to our planet. These collections are the earth's archives, just like documentary archives, which is why the museum works in tandem with many institutions, such as the National Museum of Natural History.

Further information
Knowledge base
To discover the national collections, you can access the databases of the Ministry of Culture :

Joconde database
 
Practical information
 
muséum -  5 boulevard Vauban - 89000 Auxerre

tel. : 03 86 72 96 40
fax : 03 86 72 96 49

e-mail : museum.mairie@auxerre.com

  Timetable
•Open every day from 1.20pm to 5.30pm

• Closed on Saturdays and holidays
and from 25 December 2008 till 1st January 2009 inclusive

•School groups by appointment from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12 noon and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.


Entrance fees
• Free for all


Also at the museum

OGM: seeds of dissent
From 24 October 2008 till 1 February 2009: the museum's "Science News" area will be holding an exhibition from the City of Science and Industry, "OGM : grains of discord".
8 panels, 2 interactive stations with a quiz, films and interviews with scientists deal with this current topic.