History of the museum
Inaugurated by André Malraux in the Hôtel de Guénégaud (21th century historical monument by François Mansart), on February 1967, 2007, the Hunting and Nature Museum was extended in XNUMX to the neighboring hotel, the Hôtel de Mongelas (XNUMXth century). Thanks to this renovation and this extension, the museum "exhibits" the relationship between man and animal through the ages (from Antiquity to the present day) and draws on the exceptional art collections. old, modern and contemporary brought together by the founders and constantly expanded for almost half a century. A private museum, it benefits from the “Musée de France” label granted by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Collection of works of art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, carpets, tapestries, goldsmith's work, ceramics, weapons, trophies, armor, furniture, works of art, installations, photographs, videos ...) the permanent collections are presented in a museography original associating the works with stuffed animals and elements of interpretation. Designed as a belvedere opening onto the wilderness, the museum allows you to apprehend - in the heart of Paris - the animal in its environment. This proposal is faithful to the spirit desired by the founders, that of an “art lover's house”.
Renewed three to four times a year, accessible to all audiences without increasing the entrance fee, the temporary exhibitions shed particular and additional light on the permanent collections. While they contribute to enriching the perception of the human-animal relationship, by calling on the assistance of artists of our time (solicited individually or collectively), some of them thus allow both historical and artistic perspectives. Thanks to the exhibitions, a specific cultural proposal is made to the public (individuals, groups, families, schools).
Born from the desire to build loyalty and meet audiences, the museum's cultural program is multifaceted: visits, workshops, conferences, cycle of Wednesday evenings, conferences. To this rich proposal is added that of the association of Friends of the Museum of Hunting and Nature. Registered in the national and European networks of public and private cultural institutions, the Museum of Hunting and Nature also pursues an active policy of scientific partnerships, through exhibition curators, loans of works, publications and conferences.
The François Sommer Foundation 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 loans of works belonging to the Museum of Hunting and Nature to public and private cultural institutions.
Preventive conservation measures and restoration operations have been carried out.
Regularly solicited for loans to exhibitions, the Hunting and Nature Museum readily agrees, contributing to the dissemination of its image and to a better notoriety of its collections, all periods combined.
Museum Programs Archives