The Museum of Natural Sciences of Angers is a municipal museum located in the city of Angers, Maine-et-Loire. Since its opening on May 5, 1801, that is to say for more than two centuries, the Museum of Natural Sciences of Angers devotes its existence to satisfy the thirsty for natural history, but also and especially prehistory, botany , earth sciences and zoology, through its rich exhibitions. A significant collection of ethnology, technology and the fine arts also plays an important role. The amateurs come there in great affluence, with reason every year of more than 20 000 curious visitors. The latter consist of schoolchildren and teachers, students, goldsmiths, jewelers, painters, potters, researchers and many others.
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The Museum of Natural Sciences in Angers has 530,000 "objets d'art". It should be noted, however, that half of them are botanical collections. You will be able to discover nearly 3,000 naturalized birds, 20,000 shells and 50,000 fossils, fossil fish and casts, 80,000 insects and a collection of 350,000 herbaria. Hundreds of naturalized or liquid specimens, documents and technical instruments, minerals and skeletons make up the exhibits.
The central site and site of the Arboretum Gaston-Allard
The exhibits are spread over its two sites, the central site and at the same time headquarters of the museum, in downtown Angers; as well as the Arboretum Gaston-Allard site. The central site is home to the museum, a taxidermy-restoration laboratory, a part of the reserves and collections of paleontology, a library also. The work desks and the director-curator's office are also located at this central site. The site of the arboretum, meanwhile, houses the herbarium collections and the Botanical Museum. The Society of Scientific Studies of Anjou (SESA) and the Horticultural Society of Angers and Maine-et-Loire have similarly elected seat.
When to visit the museum?
The Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 18pm, for a fee of 4 euros for those over 26, the others enjoy free admission. You should know that the museum does not offer only "passive visits". There are regularly organized workshops, guided tours, artistic events and world cultural events, including the European Night of Museums. It is a concept to discover the site during the night. If you want to go with your family, we put at your disposal a vehicle that can accommodate 8 people.
David d'Angers Gallery
In Angers, Maine-et-Loire, there is a place where the environment and ecology are exposed in order to testify the evolution of our planet: the David d'Angers Gallery in the site of the old Toussaint abbey . Classified as a historical monument, the site is named after the sculptor Pierre-Jean David d'Angers. The latter specialized in bronze and marble and the Gallery is mainly devoted to his works. There are exposed original plasters prepared to accommodate these materials.
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Pierre-Jean David d'Angers was born shortly before the end of the 18th century, in 1788. He died at the age of 58. Sculptor, medalist and draftsman from an early age, he sees three of his works rewarded, and offers them to his hometown. Angers wants to dedicate a place to him to exhibit his works.It is first the refectory of the Museum of Fine Arts which welcomes them for nearly 150 years. Then they are transferred to Toussaint Abbey. The David d'Angers Gallery is officially inaugurated on May 22, 1984. Less known first, it will welcome more than twenty thousand visitors every year since the early 2000s.
What to discover once on the spot?
The museum exhibits a collection of plaster workshop models such as busts, statues or medallions. The Joconde catalog has identified nearly a thousand works, more precisely 985 pieces, half of which are signed by David d'Angers. Among the famous sculptures of the latter, there is the tomb of Fenelon, the statue of Ambroise Pare, that of Philopoemen or the last of the Greeks. There is also a gallery dedicated to busts of famous personalities, politicians or friends of the sculptor. Among others, that of the chief of the huns when he was a child, Hannibal; a bust of Jean Wolfgang Goethe, Victor Hugo or that of US President George Washington.
When to visit the gallery?
The gallery opens its doors to all those who are curious to know the works of art of David d'Angers, for only 4 euros, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 18pm. The site is easily accessible because it is served by several lines, including bus 1 - 3 - 5 - 16 - 23. For your visit, we can provide a day rental service.
Doutre district - Angers
In the city center of Angers, is located the charming district of Doutre, named for its position "off Maine" on the right bank. Formerly known to have been the place of residence of rich Angevins, the district continues to charm everyone, thanks to the ancient timber-framed houses that run along it, the labyrinths of alleyways and architectural structures that remind visitors of the atmosphere of life on a port, yet the sea is not nearby.
Take a tour of the neighborhood
The Cale de la Savatte, the Quai des Carmes, the Quai Robert-Fevre and the Quai Monge, run along the edge of Maine. All types of barges - some with restaurants - boats and gulls create a marine atmosphere in the area. They really give the impression of being at the seaside.
Beside this atmosphere "seaside", these boats, we will immediately find the first fruits of life in the city center: on the square La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt. Vehicles of all kinds are parked and every year, carnivals - such as the Saint-Martin fair - and circuses settle there.
From North to South of the neighborhood
We discover two landscapes with opposite architecture. The northern part, seat of the old picturesque and religious buildings, such as the hospital Saint-Jean which dates from the twelfth century and is best known for hosting the Jean-Lurçat museum, the Benedictine convent of Calvary or the Carmel Monastery. And the South, where the buildings are more recent, such as the Théâtre du Quai, inaugurated in 2006. From the roof of the latter, you will have a breathtaking view of Angers. In the middle of these two landscapes, the main shopping street, Rue Beaurepaire invites tourists and other residents to buy souvenirs in its shops and local shops. Do not forget to visit the main historical monuments of the area, the famous half-timbered houses, the church of La Trinité and the Abbey of Ronceray. By public transport, bus lines 1 and 3 of Irigo will allow you to reach the district, which has so much more to discover. To enjoy it, trust our high quality professional transfer service.
Private car service from Angers to Charles de Gaulle Airport
Known for its half-timbered houses, Angers is a town in Maine-et-Loire. The property is 43 km from Camifolia Garden and 49 km from Mushroom Museum. For your information, Angers is 319 km from CDG Airport and 25 km from Angers-Loire Airport.