Monday, May 25, 2009

weird science

paris is known for its art museums, but there are other, more unconventional museums that are definitely worth checking out, including the gallery of palaeontology and comparative anatomy at the national museum of natural history. large windows boarder the main space sending dusty beams of light on the collection. a large herd of skeletons face the main entry surrounded by glass cases of different species and organs preserved in jars of liquids. the museum houses a public collection of the great expeditions of travelers and naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries. the entire contents seems to remain untouched since the museum was formally founded in 1793. beautiful hand printed calligraphy labels mark the different classifications, yellowed from sun and age, and colorful wax seals preserve the freakish jars of brains, parasites, and 2-headed fetal pigs behind the glass shelves.

(photos by: erin + ben)

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