Gems exhibition at the Natural History Museum, 16th September 2020 – 14th June 2021

The Muséum national d’histoire, super close to our hotels, is opening a new exhibition in the Grande Galerie which also looks like great advertising for Van Cleef & Arpels, with whom it has been co-organised.

You’ll be able to see 500 of the museum’s precious stones and objets d’art together with more than 200 gorgeous creations from the venerable jewellery house…

Gems exhibition at the Natural History Museum, 16th September 2020 - 14th June 2021

Initially due to open this spring, the Gems exhibition (called Pierres précieuses in French) arranges its exhibits both thematically and chronologically in a modern presentation divided into three sections: the history of the Earth and savoir-faire, from minerals to jewels, and Paris – a city of skills.

It’s a rare chance to see the raw beauty of these stones taken from the earth combined with the exquisite talents of a venerable jewellery house.

Gems exhibition at the Natural History Museum, 16th September 2020 - 14th June 2021
© Van Cleef & Arpels SA – P. Gries

A smart and useful website for smartphones has been specially created for the exhibition, with two-minutes explanations (in English!) for a dozen or so pieces on display, together with a map of the exhibition.

It’s very well done, and can be accessed by clicking this link from your smartphone.

Gems exhibition at the Natural History Museum, 16th September 2020 - 14th June 2021
© Van Cleef & Arpels SA – P. Gries

Linked with the exhibition some conferences are being held, there’s a free showing of the film Journey to the Centre of the Earth (probably in French though) on 3rd October, workshops for kids are available, and guided visits on offer, some of which in French sign language (LSF).

A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (304 pages, 39€ here at amazon.fr).

Exposition Pierres précieuses au Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle du 16 septembre 2020 au 14 juin 2021

The exhibition Pierres précieuses (Gems) is at the Natural History Museum (here) from 16th September 2020 – 14th June 2021

Open every day except Tuesdays from 10am-6pm

Admission: 12€ / 9€ (Important – tickets must be bought in advance online here)

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