Thursday, April 03, 2008

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

My friend Robyn Miller moved to Paris with his family for a while because he wanted to give his kids the experience of "being in a place, for a long period, where around every corner is something beautiful or shocking or weird." I can't imagine a greater gift a parent can give to a child.

He recently went to the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, in Paris and took a bunch of nice photos.
The name of that part of the museum is the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, and it really is stunning. But I'm even more turned on by the nearby Galeries de Paleontologie et Anatomie comparée. It's bizarre and very very cool. I didn't think such a place was possible... truly like stepping into the past. Or a period film. It's as if nothing in the building has changed from the moment it was built... the cabinets, the cases, the labels. Even old primate cadavers are displayed, splayed open, their organs carefully arranged and labelled (and preserved!).