The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle has formed a partnership with the Musée-Parc Buffon de Montbard (Buffon Museum-Park) in Montbard, dedicated to the famous 18th century naturalists: Buffon and Daubenton.
MUSÉE ET PARC BUFFON (BUFFON MUSEUM AND PARK)
Classified as a Historical Monument, a Museum of France, and labelled as a "House of the Illustrious", the museum offers a journey through the history of science, from the cabinets of curiosity to the first Museums, focusing on two personalities born in Montbard: Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon (1707-1788) and Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton (1716-1800). In 1739, Buffon was appointed Intendant of the Jardin du Roi. Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton was the first director of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle.
Designed by Buffon in the 18th century, this park is closely linked to the history of the castle of the Dukes of Burgundy on which it is built. Classified as a Historic Monument in 1947, the park offers an exceptional natural and historic setting along its fourteen terraces.
CABINET DE TRAVAIL
Buffon rarely gave access to this intimate space where he spent long hours writing the 36 volumes of his Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière. The walls covered with watercolour prints by François-Nicolas Martinet illustrating l’Histoire naturelle des oiseaux, the marble fireplace and the portrait of Newton, recreate the special atmosphere of this place full of history.
TOUR DE L'AUBESPIN ET TOUR SAINT-LOUIS
These two 14th century towers are, along with the Saint-Urse church, the ramparts and the underground rooms, the most visible remains of the former medieval fortress. The 46-metre high Tour de l'Aubespin consists of four vaulted rooms and an upper terrace. The Tour Saint-Louis housed the summer study, the laboratory and the library of the famous naturalist.