MUSÉE DE LA CHASSE ET DE LA NATURE

Blink and you'll miss this small, hidden museum in the Marais where exquisite examples of furniture, painting and taxidermy related to hunting and nature are exhibited in a private mansion designed by François Mansart.

The building alone is worth a visit with the exhibitions presented within small rooms throughout the gorgeously preserved space. Make sure to see the bespoke fixtures by Brazilian designer Saint Clair Cemin such as the bronze handrail on the stairway.

The presence of contemporary art exhibitions continuously re-energises the permanent collections with neon, sculpture and altered taxidermy often featured throughout the space.

Performance art occasionally occurs such as the artist who once spent 13 days living inside a taxidermy bear, giving this museum it's reputation for the weird, quirky and astonishingly original.

Keep an eye out for the little sign that marks the entrance. It's exquisitely unknown and unlike any other museum you're likely to find.

62 rue des Archives
3rd arrondissement

Hours: 11:00 - 18:00 Tuesday to Sunday
Open until 21:30 Wednesday
Closed Monday
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature website