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Dijon Museum of natural history and Botanical garden: photos, description (Museum d'histoire naturelle de Dijon)

The natural history Museum and Botanical garden in Dijon located in a large city Park with an area of about five hectares, of which two acres is a Botanical garden.

The garden is called Arquebus, since the Park was founded in the XVI century for the knights, who on his vast practiced shooting with arquebus - one of the first fire smooth-bore guns with a matchlock lock. This activity was so popular that even the competitions among the archers. Once a year in August in the St. Bartholomew's day targets arquebusiers were the parrots, and the winner of this tournament during the year bore the title "king of birds".

At the end of XVIII century there was a garden in the English style, which in 1803 was transferred to municipal property. Even thirty years later it was moved plants from other Botanical gardens of Dijon, founded in 1771, the writer Benin de Gerlena.

Currently, the Botanical garden, there are about 4 000 species of plants, most of which represent a flora of Burgundy and other regions of France. A little more than a thousand species represent other countries of the world including other States of the Mediterranean and subtropical zone. The garden is also inhabited by several species of waterfowl, and a school of botany.

Located in the Park Museum of natural history was founded in 1836. It is located in the pavilion that was formerly a company of Riflemen of the arquebus. Today the Museum has rich collections of geological and paleontological profile, as well as collections of insects and animals. The Museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions that use interactive technology. In addition, here, in the Park houses the city planetarium. The whole scientific complex is located near the railway station of Dijon.