Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wild animals, insects and curiosities: Deyrolle

Since 1831 the unique store Deyrolle has been the central point in Paris for entomology and taxidermy; wild animals, rare butterflies, strange insects, beautiful shells, old-fashioned science posters and other curiosities linked to mother nature can all be found in this beautiful store in rue du bac.

Deyrolle has always been a fascinating and inspiring place both for scientists and for profanes like myself. The painters Bernard Buffet, Mathieu, Salvador Dali and André Breton, the writer Louise de Vilmorin as well as the philosopher Théodore Monod were often seen here.

In early 2008 a tragic fire caused great damages to the boutique and the unique collection. Deyrolle being an important parisian landmark, last winter several artists gathered around the noble cause of its restoration: 75 works of art were sold at an auction and brought in 260 000 euros. Thanks to this tremendous help, Deyrolle is progressively being rebuilt. Several rooms are already fully restored. I strongly recommend that you a drop by, it is worth the visit!

46 rue de Bac (métro Rue de Bac, line 12) (website only in French)


  1. Truly an amazing place.
    Thanks for your energy.
    Keep on the good work !

  2. hei Kristine, nå har jeg sett bloggen din. Kjempeflott. Eldrid