Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Le Havre

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  • We discovered this museum by having a couple hours to kill on a rainy day. Though it is a small museum, there is a lot to see, to read and to listen to. The pictures are beautiful, and we loved the... 
    We discovered this museum by having a couple hours to kill on a rainy day. Though it is a small museum, there is a lot to see, to read and to listen to. The pictures are beautiful, and we loved the...  more »
  • Very small and not many exhibits. Mainly aimed at children, with plenty of activities. Quite an impressive building. 
    Very small and not many exhibits. Mainly aimed at children, with plenty of activities. Quite an impressive building.  more »
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  • While staffed with very kind and helpful personnel, and in possession of interesting holdings, this is a very small museum. So tiny, in fact, that, as I understand it, instead of reserving part of their premises for their fixed collection and setting aside another for temporary exhibits, the museum only works on rotating temporary exhibits (personally, I think their two-story circular room could've been reserved for a small permanent exhibit). When planning your visit, it's therefore important to check what's currently on display, so that you don't get disappointed by a lack of that which you came there for (as we were). Moreover, the museum doesn't seem to strictly restrict itself of items of natural historical interest, encompassing, for example, many more historical documents and paintings as well as ethnographic artefacts then biological, geological or palaeontological specimens in their Australian exhibit - which was what turned out to be on display when we visited. This is a pity, as while we were expecting a museum of natural history (in which the region, moreover, is so rich), we actually ended up visiting a historical museum that not only described the (history of the) description of Australia's plant and animal life, but also the discovery of Australia itself. The only redeeming part of the exhibit, as far as our four-year-old son was concerned, was a single room which contained some basic educational activities for children - such as fishing fish from the sea in a model boat, pinpointing places on a world map, and completing the outline of Australia. All in all, we did spend some time here, but I think neither me nor my son were too enthusiastic about the experience - and this while from the website it seems the museum has a lot more to offer than we got to experience.
  • Good for a 20-30 min visit.

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