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MNHN - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

  • MNHN
  • Musée de l'Homme, Department "Homme, nature, société"
  • France

The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, founded in 1793, is a government institution developing research, collections, expertise and education in the fields of Natural History and Human Sciences.
The institution includes several scientific galleries, as well as zoological and botanical gardens situated in Paris and all over France. MNHN exercises a major patrimonial function, by acquiring, conserving, restoring, managing and exhibiting very important national collections, consisting of living organisms, inert elements, documents and databases.
As a research institution, MNHN provides educational activities (Masters degree and PhD) and organizes the work of 950 researchers, making inventories, analyzing and understanding biological and ecological diversity, studying its origin, role and dynamics in order to be able to contribute to its sustainable management.
Musée de l'Homme is an internationally renowned exhibition and research centre that was created in the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in 1937. Managed under the authority of various ministries and grouping several entities from the CNRS, this institution is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of Humanity in its environment. In particular the Homme, Nature, Société Department aims to investigate the unity and diversity of man and his relationship with nature over time and space, from a biological, cultural and social point of view. The institution develops research activities, encouraging a complementary approach that combines different disciplines (biological anthropology, genetics, prehistory, social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, ethnobiology, ethnomusicology, geography, history and philosophy of science and technology); it also enhances the dissemination of knowledge through exhibitions, teaching and research training.



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  • Fabienne Galangau Quérat

    . She is Associate Professor of Museology and she is interested in museum space, museum and identity and museum as a media. She works for the National Museum of Natural History of Paris.

  • Laurence Isnard

    . She's science museum curator at Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. She has been involved in the project of New Museography of the Musée de l’Homme since September 2009.

  • Sarah Gamaire

    . She is Lecturer in Museology and holds a research master in anthropology. She was involved in the renovation project of the Musée de l’Homme in Paris.