There is just so much to do in Paris.
I’ve been here for 12 weeks (wow), and I have barely even scratched the surface. I can count the number of crepes I’ve eaten on two hands (poor effort tbh), and I haven’t even been near to the Eiffel Tower yet!
So it makes sense to use the weekends to see all the obvious parts of Paris, hence my recent trips to the Louvre, the Marché aux Puces and the L’As du Falafal.
However, with five months in this wonderful city, I want to feel like I actually know Paris by the time I leave. Although there are certain quartiers I haven’t even been to yet, I do feel like I am starting to become quite familiar with my precious Marais. As it is practically on our doorstep and always open on Sundays, I tend to spend at least a couple of hours there each weekend.
A friend had raved about Le Musée de la Chasse et la Nature so, even though it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing I’d love, I thought I’d give it a try one sunny Saturday as I found myself roaming the Marais with no set plans (I love afternoons like these!)
To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even considered going if I’d had to pay, but luckily my student card got me in for free.
Turns out the museum is actually awesome – I was completely taken by it!
Surrounding a small courtyard just of Rue des Archives, Le Musée de la Chasse et la Nature is essentially a chain of little drawing rooms, each with a different theme and atmosphere but all linked to nature.
There is a dog room, filled with paintings of beagles and labradors.
A weapon room, with a pretty impressive gun collection.
A wild animal room, with loads of stuffed animal heads.
Even a monkey room.
My favourite was the unicorn room. There are actual articles about supposed sightings of unicorns, which is pretty cool.
There are cool pieces of art made out of feathers.
And random instrument collections.
There are also some impressively realistic animal sculptures.
You could spend hours there. There are cabinets with tiny doors which slide open to reveal sheets of information about specific animals or styles of hunting.
Who knew there was so much to learn about shooting!
I just loved the atmosphere in the museum. As it is quite a niche topic of interest, the museum was practically empty when I went, and so I was free to roam the rooms at my own pace.
There are no grumpy guards herding you along or stopping you from taking photos; each room simply has a sheet of information explaining what it’s about. The leisurely vibe rather suits the museum’s leisurely theme!
The lighting is gentle and the furniture and decor is fairly extravagant. It really does feel as if you’re in the drawing room of a stately home, rather than a museum in one of the more touristy cities in the world!
I’m so pleased I went there. It’s nice to do something a bit impulsive and random every now and again! (Thanks for the tip, Hannah!)