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Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle

28 Rue Albert 1er, 17000 La Rochelle, France
05 46 41 18 25
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Ranked #4 of 25 attractions in La Rochelle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Sandsend, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a museum that seems to be in transition - please dont change any more of it - it has the old cabinet of curiosities room and Im led to beleive they have spent some time and effort modernising the display - please dot do any more as the modern rooms with few exhibits and lots of interpretation spoilt... More

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St Germain Des Pres
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Well laid out and thought provoking. Probably needs 2 visits at least to take it all in. What was really amazing was the perfect condition of the specimens, many of which dated back to the 1700's.

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newjersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

It would be very easy to blow this off, but I wouldn't. It is located away from the Port area, and in the summer you wouldn't normally think of visiting a natural history museum, but the exhibits are uniformly excellent. It was fun. My wife and both liked it a lot. Children would find it interesting too. A great option... More

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La Rochelle, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We visited on the first Sunday of the month, so our admission was free. We were blown away! It far surpassed the natural history museum we had just visited in London a few weeks prior. The quality and impact of the exhibits exceeded our expectations. Take into account the small crowds, and we would visit again anytime (and pay full... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It's an interesting place, where you can pass a rainy morning or afternoon, even if you are with children. A lot of interesting things, including Zarafa, the first giraffe in europe, giant oysters, african masks and much more. However, this being france, the explanations are in French. And only in French. This is a serious mistake. And some places even... More

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Cambridge, UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Great displays of stuffed fish, birds and animals, well-classified and lots of information - in French only!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

At the end of a busy shopping street, this museum provides a welcome break without breaking the bank to do so. There are some fascinating fossils on the basement floor, which we found to be very interesting as we found similar examples on the beach at Les Minimes. There are also a plentiful number of animal specimens, which although a... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

An old fashioned museum of the stuffed exhibit variety, but a good range of exhibits so informative.

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Groningen
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131 reviews 131 reviews
15 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

A wonderful museum with great cabinets of natural specimens, a fine overview of voyages of exploration, and much more. The museum also has a small but fine botanical garden; enjoyable for walking but also for learning about plants.

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Toronto
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Housed in a interesting old building, the magnificent displays of animals, insects, and strange creatures in bottles will astound you. The displays are well-maintained and well-lit. It is difficult not to (want to) touch the animals when there is a mere cord as a barrier in front of you. (Watch your kids!) PLUS, the famous giraffe Zarafa (gifted to King... More

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