History of the museum
Inaugurated by André Malraux in the Hotel de Guénégaud (17th century historical monument of François Mansart), the 21 February 1967, the Museum of Hunting and Nature was extended in 2007 at the neighboring hotel, the hotel de Mongelas (eighteenth century). Thanks to this renovation and extension, the museum "exposes" the relationship of man to animal through the ages (from antiquity to today) and relies on exceptional collections of art ancient, modern and contemporary united by the founders and incessantly increased for nearly half a century. Private museum, it enjoys the label "Museum of France" granted by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Meeting of works of art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, carpets, tapestries, silverware, ceramics, weapons, trophies, armor, furniture, works of art, installations, photographs, videos ...) the permanent collections are presented in a museography original, combining the works with naturalized animals and elements of interpretation. Conceived as a belvedere opening on the wild space, the museum allows to apprehend - in full Paris - the animal in its environment. This proposal is faithful to the spirit that the founders wanted, that of a "house of art lovers".
Renewed three to four times a year, accessible to all publics without increase of the entrance fee, the temporary exhibitions give a particular and complementary light on the permanent collections. If they contribute to enriching the perception of the human-animal relationship, by calling on the help of artists of our time (solicited individually or collectively), some of them allow historical and artistic perspectives to be put into perspective. Thanks to the exhibitions, a specific cultural proposal is made to the public (individuals, groups, families, schools).
Born out of the desire to retain and meet audiences, the museum's cultural program is protean: visits, workshops, conferences, the night-time cycle on Wednesday nights, conferences. To this rich proposal is added that of the association of the Friends of the Museum of Hunting and Nature. As part of the national and European networks of public and private cultural institutions, the Museum of Hunting and Nature also conducts an active policy of scientific partnerships, through curatorships, loans of works, publications and symposiums.
Fondation François Sommer supports the cultural policy of the Museum of Hunting and Nature and works to enrich its collections.
Pursuing its policy of exchanges and dissemination of works and culture, the François Sommer Foundation encourages the loan of works belonging to the Museum of Hunting and Nature to public and private cultural institutions.
Preventive conservation measures and restoration operations have been completed.
Regularly solicited for loans to exhibitions, the Museum of Hunting and Nature willingly agrees, contributing to the dissemination of its image and a better reputation of its collections, all times combined.
Museum Programs Archives