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🖼️ Natural History Museum of Fribourg

Address
Chemin du Musée 6, 1700 Fribourg
Phone 1
Keyword
2019 Jan
  • Date de Visite
    06.01.2019
  • Fréquentation
    65'000 (2018)
  • GPS
    46.79326 7.15630

Natural History Museum of Fribourg


The Natural History Museum of Fribourg (Musée d’histoire naturelle de Fribourg in french) is a museum presenting exhibitions on natural patrimony. Created in 1823, it is located in a building south of boulevard de Pérolles near the engineering school. The museum has two levels:

  • First floor: permanent exhibition and small temporary exhibition
  • Second floor: large temporary exhibition

With 65,000 visits in 2018, it is the most visited museum in the canton of Fribourg. Temporary and permanent exhibitions are free of charge.

The building housing the museum.
The building housing the Natural History Museum of Fribourg

Access


Paid parking spaces around the museum.

The permanent exhibition


The permanent exhibition of the Natural History Museum consists of about ten rooms devoted on the one hand to earth sciences and on the other hand to wildlife in the form of naturalized animals.

The reception, which provides information and a small shop.
The reception, which provides information and a small shop at the natural history museum of fribourg

Mineralogy


Showcases exhibiting minerals from all over the world.

Showcases exhibiting minerals from all over the world at the natural history museum of Fribourg

History of the Earth


display cases on the theme of Earth history at the Natural History Museum in Friburg

Geology


An area related to science that studies the structure and evolution of the Earth’s crust.

showcases on geology at the natural history museum in fribourg

Regional fauna


Presents the animals living in our regions and offers some didactic activities.

showcases on regional fauna at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg showcases on regional fauna at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg

Small temporary exhibition


Small temporary exhibition inside the permanent exhibition related to wildlife.

The exhibition “Inspiration Natur-e” in 2019.
The exhibition "Inspiration Natur-e" in 2019 at the natural history museum of fribourg

World fauna


The area dedicated to the world’s fauna is the most impressive of the museum, with a sei whale, a 12-metre-long species of whale stranded in Le Havre in the middle of the 19th century, as the centerpiece.

It is composed of 7 parts:

  • Arctic
    Arctic animals at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • America
    American animals at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • Africa
    African animals at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • Asia
    Asian animals at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • Oceania
     oceania animals at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • Whale
     whale at the Natural History Museum of Fribourg
  • Skeletons
    skeletons at the Natural History Museum in Fribourg

Invertebrates


The area dedicated to invertebrates, i. e. animals without vertebrae and skeletons. Example: spiders, ants, etc…

The area dedicated to invertebrates at the natural history museum of Fribourg

Birds


The windows on the theme of birds, animals characterized by feathers and possessing wings and a beak.

The windows on the theme of birds ath the natural history museum of Fribourg

Fish, amphibian, reptile


A mixed zone dedicated to:

  • Fish.
  • Amphibians. Frog, etc…
  • Reptiles. Turtles, snakes, etc…

showcase dedicated to fish at the natural history museum of fribourg

Temporary exhibitions


Since 1976, several temporary exhibitions have been held each year. One on the second floor and another, smaller, in the middle of the permanent exhibition.

2020

  • LAIT – Elixir maternel (MILK – Maternal elixir)

2019

  • ici et ailleurs (here and elsewhere)
  • Inspiration Natur-e
  • Poussins – Cot-cot-cot-codec (Chicks – Cot-cot-cot-cot-codec)

2018

  • Poussins – T’es qui toi? (Chicks – Who are you?)

2017

  • Poussins – Une histoire d’oeuf (Chicks – An egg story)
  • AQUA – michel.roggo.photographie
  • Rhinostar

2016

  • Poussins – Poids-plume (Chicks – Featherweight)
  • Chiroptera
  • Loup – De retour parmi nous (Wolf – Back among us)

The second floor of the Natural History Museum of Fribourg dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
The second floor of the Natural History Museum of Fribourg dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

The new museum


A project to relocate the museum is underway for 2023-2024 on the site of the former Fribourg arsenal in order to benefit from a more modern environment.

Museums in French-speaking Switzerland


Natural history museums are among the first museums created in French-speaking Switzerland, such as the one in Fribourg at the beginning of the 19th century. Every self-respecting city had to have one.

The Geneva Natural History Museum is not only free of charge but also the most beautiful museum in French-speaking Switzerland.

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