If there is an atypical place in Paris that always makes its effect, it is the Deyrolle house. It is absolutely unique! The place is a place of reference in the world of natural sciences and education and a delight for scientists and collectors alike.
Founded in 1831 by Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, it is famous for its taxidermy work, which it has elevated to an artform. As you walk through the rooms of their store, you will be able to admire the most beautiful birds but also wild animals and mammals from all continents.
At Deyrolle, no animal was killed to be naturalized and the company respects the Washington Convention (CITES). The vocation of the company remains above all educational. It is Deyrolle in particular who is at the origin of the colored plates illustrating the lessons of anatomy, geology or botany at school. Deyrolle distributed them in more than 120 countries.
The store at 46 rue du Bac, where you may be curious to visit, is a former mansion that belonged to Samuel Bernard, son of the banker Louis XIV and acquired by Deyrolle in 1888. It alone is worth a visit!
I discovered this place while searching for the filming locations of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He did organize a party there where the hero speaks with Luis Bunuel, a perfect setting for this member of the surrealist movement. I went back there afterwards for gifts: shells, decorative and garden objects. It is up to you to make more original acquisitions!