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With five exhibition levels, nearly 2,500m² dedicated to natural history and ethnology collections from outside Europe, the Museum d’histoire naturelle invites you on a journey to the heart of science.

A panorama of the marshes that surround La Rochelle, the ground floor unveils the history and richness of a fragile coastal territory that is constantly changing, as the collection of fossils exhibited on the ground floor reveals. A stop in front of the Clément Lafaille cabinet is necessary to admire his 18th century furniture, which is unique in Europe and has been recently restored.

Then head for the 1st floor where the famous Zarafa giraffe takes the visitor on a journey to discover one of the most significant periods in the history of science: the 19th century. This was the period where the zoology gallery opened to the public, where naturalists from the region took part in major scientific exhibitions, and the period which produced new scientific disciplines…

The ethnographic collections on the 2nd and 3rd floors enable visitors to understand the cultural diversity of people from outside Europe and the way in which the people who gathered them changed their opinions.

The fully renovated museum offers a contemporary, accessible and interactive museum layout, to discover the biodiversity of the natural environments and the cultural diversity of the populations of Africa, America and Oceania.

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