The taxidermy studio

From 19/09/2020 to 28/08/2021 except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
10 - 1 / 2 - 6.

Event in Avignon :

The first display case visitors see as they enter Muséum Requien contains a big show of animals from the region - birds and mammals - all immobilised in lifelike positions.
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Can it be said that these animals are 'real'? Were they killed for the very purpose of putting them in a musueum? Why do we no longer 'stuff' animals in our day? How is that their eyes look alive?

The "Wide angle" theme currently shared by the municipal museums in Avignon is the opportunity to highlight a profession that stays behind the scenes, a profession that is increasingly rare, the profession of taxidermist. Indeed, the museum of natural history in Avignon invites you backstage, into the small workshop filled with animals, some of which look ready to spring into action, others waiting to be treated. With the specimens from the Calvet Foundation, this visit gives you a view of the various types of naturalisation, how the animals are made and what they are made of, and how the taxidermist works to make them look as much as possible as living animals.
You will find all the answers at the Muséum Requien during this exhibition. You will see the diversity in the techniques that turn lifeless animal bodies into a form of eternity.
The muséums have the scientific mission of preserving tangible signs of the biodiversity of our era. In the preserved bodies, future scientists will have access to DNA and great quantities of information.
Thanks to the preserved specimens, we can better assess the distribution of species, and even rectify conventional thinking. A few years a go, a new species of mole was discovered in the South of France, and natural history museums contributed to better understanding where and how it lived.
These specimens also tell the story of the techniques, for there are indeed 'trends' in the presentations, and the products used are increasingly prohibited.
The animals themselves play a very educational role, and are important in helping us with contemplation. The objective is to have a good result, create something beautiful, however naturalising animals is a very complex task that requires many skills, including chemistry, anatomy, aesthetic considerations, sculpture and biology... The goal is to preserve the remains of the animal (fur, feathers, scales...) the beauty of the colours and the shapes.
To make a realistic display, the taxidermist has to understand how these living creatures once lived. The animals, who were once alive, are now objects, where we can see their real size. We can see the dazzle of a tiger, the beauty of crocodile or a lynx. Thanks to the work of the taxidermists, we still have traces and the shapes of some species whan since vanished.
In our current era, which is increasingly urban, the public often only sees animals on their screens or in photographs. Seeing the actual specimens, learning how to recognise them helps citizens to better understand and respect biodiversity. The Muséum Requien encourages everyone to look carefully at how we think about death in our daily lives, and the relationship we have with wild animals in general.

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Dates and times

From 19/09/2020 to 28/08/2021 except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
10 - 1 / 2 - 6.


Free of charge.

Languages spoken

  • French


Musée Requien - 67 rue Joseph Vernet
84000 Avignon
Tel : View number 04 13 60 51 20
E-Mail : museum.requien@mairie-avignon.com


Longitude : 4.803431
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