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Meteorites – the exhibition at Paris Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Published on 19 October 2017 By My B.
Exposition Météorites au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, les photos

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From 18 October 2017
To 10 June 2018

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11 euros (tarif normal)
9 euros (tarif réduit)

Horaires : 10h-18h, sauf le mardi et 1er mai

Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. This is what awaits you from October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!

Meteorites, these rocks fell from the sky, are at the heart of a compelling exhibition held from October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018 at the Galerie de l’Evolution (Gallery of Evolution).

Feared by humans for a long time, they now are the source of inspiration and emotions for astronomy enthusiasts. Studied by scientists, meteorites convey priceless information and remain a source of fantasy and awe.

Since the 1990S, the research in this very field experienced a dramatic increase, benefiting from the discovery of exceptional meteorites as well as the development of astronomic observations. The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), a place for exhibition and research, features a collection of meteorites since 1847.

The first meteorites exhibited at the museum come from René Just Haüy’s private collection (1743-1822). Today, the MNHN can boast about having the third world collection of meteorites coming from observed falls featuring over 4,000 meteorites including thousands exhibited within the Mineralogy and Geology Gallery!

A few meters away from this small gallery, in the beautiful Gallery of Evolution, the exhibition “Météorites, entre ciel et terre” [Meteorites, between sky and earth] invites visitors on a trip through space and time. First on earth, around falls of meteorites, then to the shooting stars and the origins of the solar system to discover the source and the diversity of meteorites.

Exposition Météorites au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, les photos

Thanks to a playful and immersive approach, the scenography offers to see meteorites, to imagine the spectacular and big projections and innovative processes in a poetic and modern atmosphere. Over 350 pieces of the museum collection are exhibited as well as rare items coming from public and private collections from all over the world.

Exposition Météorites au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, les photos

Exceptionally, visitors can even touch a piece of the moon and of March! Perfect for children or adults, this playful exhibition invites us to discover all kinds of meteorites, smell them, touch them and see the impact they had on Earth.

Exposition Météorites au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, les photos

For the record, about ten works will be displayed across the exhibition for thoughtful breaks, including Meteor by Evariste Richer (2016), Pierre de Lune by Vera Pagava (1970) and Teoría, La Cabeza de Goliath by Eduardo Basualdo (2014).

Exposition Météorites au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, les photos

A beautiful discovery you shouldn’t miss!

Practical information:
Météorites, entre ciel et terre at the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle
From October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018
Location: Gallery of Evolution
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., except on Tuesday May, 1
Rates: €11, €9 (reduced)

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