Actually, of all the times I have visited and explored Paris, I never knew about Deyrolle and his fantastical shop until I read the book Paris to the Moon. In it the author talks about how much his young son liked to visit this curious shop filled with vintage taxidermy, shells of every deviation of every insect and butterfly imaginable. There are drawers and drawers full of specimens for sale. You can by a stuffed giraffe for 23,000 Euros! (If you need one.)
Emille Deyrolle was a French expert in naturalism and taxidermy. His grandfather actually started the shop and Emille took over at 46 Rue du Bac in 1881.
You may even recognize many of the natural history and anatomy charts developed by Deyrolle.
Although I'm not one for harming animals and using them for display, I must say that the shop is visually amazing. One could spend hours just examining all the varieties of smaller creatures like bugs. I never thought they could be so beautiful!
So, the next time you watch Midnight in Paris, pay particular attention to the cocktail scene. If you visit Paris, stop into this unique shop filled with history, science and curiosity.
Whether a new or established customer, we hope you will stop in to visit our version of "Midnight in (Spooky) Paris" starting on Thursday, October 18 and continuing through Sunday October 21.
October "Midnight in Paris" Market Hours (PLEASE NOTE - These dates are one week later than our normal schedule!):
Thursday, October 18: 5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, October 19: 11am-2pm
Saturday, October 20: 10am-4pm
Sunday, October 21: Noon-4pm
Anastasia and Adam