Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
, 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
Paris, Île-de-France

c +33 1 40 79 54 79

Must Do I used to go here back before the renovation when it was all hallways lined with dark-stained glass-fronted cabinets overfilled with stuff in poorly-labeled jars. The Hottentot Venus's labia were on display somewhere in there, for example.

The renovation was incredible. They have loads and loads of taxidermy because of the carnage and generosity of a Count whose name escapes me. There is one remarkable piece with a tiger pulling the basket off the back of an Elephant. The story is that the tiger attacked the Count while he was hunting in India and the Count not only killed the tiger, but he also had the poor elephant killed so that he could immortalize the moment in taxidermy.