- 1 Natural History Museum of Fribourg
- 2 Access
- 3 The permanent exhibition
- 4 Temporary exhibitions
- 5 The new museum
- 6 Museums in French-speaking Switzerland
- 7 Video
- 8 Related attractions
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.
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.
Showcases exhibiting minerals from all over the world.
History of the Earth
An area related to science that studies the structure and evolution of the Earth’s crust.
Presents the animals living in our regions and offers some didactic activities.
Small temporary exhibition
Small temporary exhibition inside the permanent exhibition related to wildlife.
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:
The area dedicated to invertebrates, i. e. animals without vertebrae and skeletons. Example: spiders, ants, etc…
The windows on the theme of birds, animals characterized by feathers and possessing wings and a beak.
Fish, amphibian, reptile
A mixed zone dedicated to:
- Amphibians. Frog, etc…
- Reptiles. Turtles, snakes, etc…
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.
- LAIT – Elixir maternel (MILK – Maternal elixir)
- ici et ailleurs (here and elsewhere)
- Inspiration Natur-e
- Poussins – Cot-cot-cot-codec (Chicks – Cot-cot-cot-cot-codec)
- Poussins – T’es qui toi? (Chicks – Who are you?)
- Poussins – Une histoire d’oeuf (Chicks – An egg story)
- AQUA – michel.roggo.photographie
- Poussins – Poids-plume (Chicks – Featherweight)
- Loup – De retour parmi nous (Wolf – Back among us)
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.
- Natural History Museum of Geneva 🆓
- Lausanne Natural History Museum in the Palais de Rumine 🆓
- Natural History Museum of Neuchâtel
- Natural History Museum of Fribourg 🆓
- Natural History Museum of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Currently closed)
The Geneva Natural History Museum is not only free of charge but also the most beautiful museum in French-speaking Switzerland.