See photos (4)

Musée Henri Dupuis

Museums and places of interest, Prehistory, Natural sciences in Saint-Omer
  • Henri Dupuis (1819 - 1889) was a major collector in the Auvergne region in the 19th century. A natural scientist, curious about the world and an art lover, he spent his life accumulating all manner of natural specimens from the four corners of the globe. On his death in 1889, he bequeathed his home and his entire collection to the town "to be of use to all, especially young people".

    The Musée Henri Dupuis is a collectors' museum, devoted entirely to natural history, with the notable...
    Henri Dupuis (1819 - 1889) was a major collector in the Auvergne region in the 19th century. A natural scientist, curious about the world and an art lover, he spent his life accumulating all manner of natural specimens from the four corners of the globe. On his death in 1889, he bequeathed his home and his entire collection to the town "to be of use to all, especially young people".

    The Musée Henri Dupuis is a collectors' museum, devoted entirely to natural history, with the notable exception of Flemish cuisine. The museum exhibits rich collections of shells, minerals, fossils and naturalised birds. It is an educational museum, with dioramas installed on the ground floor in the 1970s to present the collections of naturalised birds more realistically and vividly. The Flemish kitchen, the mineral room and the impressive shell room remain in their original 19th-century presentation. The collections on display have belonged to a number of collectors, including Henri Dupuis and Charles Van Kempen.

    The Henri Dupuis Museum has been closed to the public since 2007, as the building no longer complied with reception standards. However, the team at Saint-Omer's Museums and Heritage Department is continuing to work on the collections and the building. Take advantage of the European Heritage Days to visit the Dupuis Museum and follow the progress of the work on the collections being carried out with the Friends of the Museums of Saint-Omer. On the ground floor of the building, you can take part all year round in two different escape games, run by the Pays de Saint-Omer Tourist and Convention Bureau. At the Musée Sandelin, one exhibition in three is devoted to these natural history collections (2023: "A plume!" exhibition on bird reproduction).
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Openings
Openings
  • All year 2024
Close