Muséum de Toulouse
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The Muséum de Toulouse, sometimes known as MHNT or Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de la ville de Toulouse, is a museum of natural history in Toulouse, France. It is located in the Busca-Montplaisir, and houses a collection of more than 2.5 million items.
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The museum was founded in 1796 by the naturalist Philippe-Isidore Picot de Lapeyrouse. It was at that time housed in the old buildings of the monastery of the carmelite friars. It was opened to the public in 1865 in its present location and under the directorship of Edouard Filhol. Toulouse museum was the first museum in the world to open a gallery of prehistory, thanks to the collaboration of Émile Cartailhac, Jean-Baptiste Noulet and Eugène Trutat. Today the museum is housed in a 2007 building designed by the architect Jean-Paul Viguier.
The permanent exhibition has 5 linked themes:
- Sequence 1: Feeling the Earth's power.
- Sequence 2: Doing away with our notions of hierarchy
- Sequence 3: Getting to grips with the huge scale.
- Sequence 4: Admitting the obvious
The main functions of living beings - feeding, respiration, locomotion, reproduction, protection and communication.
- Sequence 5: Inventing the future.
In this section, we present examples to illustrate the content of each different collection of the Museum de Toulouse.
The prehistoric collection includes mostly artefacts excavated in France. They also contain comparative material from other parts of Europe and other continents. Notable collectors include Édouard Harlé (1850–1922), Antoine Meillet (1866- 1936), Alexis Damour, Félix Régnault (1847-1908), Louis Péringuey (1855-1924), Émile Cartailhac (1845-1921), Daniel Bugnicourt, Edward John Dunn (1844-1937), Henri Breuil (1877-1961) and Louis Lartet as well as the curators Jean-Baptiste Noulet (1802-1890),Eugène Trutat (1840 -1910) and Édouard Filhol (1814-1883).
Oedipoda caerulescens - Etang de la Maourine Toulouse
Celestine - Turkmenistan
Fluorite - France
Nepouite - New Caledonia
Scheelite - China
Sphalerite - Roumania
- The bird collection of MHNT contains more than 30,000 specimens of which 20,000 are eggs. There are approximately 8,500 bird mounts and 1,500 scientific bird skins. Other bird items are circa 2,000 skeletons & skulls and 5,300 eggs. The collection focuses on Europe (especially France), but there are also exotic species. Most are documented on card or computer system.
- The bird mount collection of Victor Besaucèle with 5,000 specimens is one of the most important historic collections in Europe.
- Other collectors represented are R. Bourret, G. Cossaune, M. Gourdon, Hammonville, A. Lacroix and Reboussin
Snowy Owl. The oldest mount in the museum, collected by Mr Dode in 1807
- The egg collection of Jacques Perrin de Brichambaut (1920-2007) was acquired in 2010. It contains his personal collections, supplemented by those of other ornithologists notably Georges Guichard, Henri Heim de Balsac and Rene de Naurois. It includes all the palearctic species (Europe, North Africa and Asia), that is to say approximately 1,000 species and nearly 15,000 eggs and is one of the most complete and best documented palearctic egg collections in Europe.
Egg of Wedge-tailed Eagle
Egg of Little Egret
Egg of Helmeted Guineafowl
Egg of Southern Giant Petrel
Cave Bear mandible of Pleistocene age
The Henri Gaussen Botanical Garden
Henri Gaussen was a Toulouse-based phytogeographer and botanist. The botanic garden which honours his name is attached to the Museum and is part of the Earth and Life Science Research and Training Paul Sabatier University. A second botanical area The Museum Gardens extends over 3 hectares. It is notable for "potagers du monde" (vegetable gardens of the world) and a shade house which recreates the conditions required by shade plants.
- Part of this article is a translation of (or greatly inspired by) the French Wikipedia's article (see the list of )
- François Bon, Sébastien Dubois, Marie-Dominique Labails, 2010. Le Muséum de Toulouse et l'invention de la préhistoire Toulouse Editions Muséum de Toulouse ISBN 978-2-906702-18-9
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- PDF Description of the galleries in English