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.
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.
• 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.