The Natural History Museum
This is a small Museum, housed in an old Chateaux , it's more of an educational museum mainly for children as it has various "hands on " exhibitions. There is a permanent collection of fossils and minerals. At present there is a Polar exhibition showing polar exploration and animals that live in the polar region.
The museum is all in French, they do not have any English information.
Special entrance for wheelchair users, but some exhibitions are upstairs and there is no lift.
The museum is FREE.
Photo no 2 shows the opening times.
More Sculpture Is Inside the Cathedral
The sculpture inside of the cathedral is decorative, but is variably realistic or even licentious under the consoles in the South transept. In other places they are mascarones that are symbolic, fanciful or historical. All are of high quality and unusual in such profusion. Not to be missed.
Do Not Miss the Crypt of the Cathedral
The crypt is the only remnant from the previous Romanesque church and has massive groined vault construction tha t supprots the base of the magnificent Gothic choir. In the crypt are spectacular frescos of the 11 and 13C. One is of Christ and 4 Angels on white horses (my good copy was destroyed in a hurricane) and the later one of Christ in Majesty surrounded by Evangelist symbols and with a menorah at his left hand (7 branched candlestick). (It is dark there and pictures are hard to take).
enjoy the medieval buildiings while you roam
In addition to specific buildings pointed out and given historical information about as you read and walk your guide map on the 'Follow the Thread of History in Auxerre' walking tour around Auxerre keep your eyes open to see the many interesting and rather beautiful buildings, especially the 'half timbered' ones, and streets making up a rather delightful visit to the town.
So heres a few more you might enjoy...!
Le Grand Week-End
"Let the Sat Nav Take the Strain"
It was rain, rain and more rain here in the UK, plus it was a holiday week end, so..........."why not just jump into the car and jet off to the ferry port, then catch the ferry to across to Belle France, then see were we end up" that's what I said to Gwynfiguy. So that's just what we did.
On arrival in France we set the GPS to take us South.
After travelling through many beautiful little villages, going off road, and through farmers fields, we finally called time when we reached Auxerre, and, it didn't disappoint us.
Auxerre, is in the Burgundy region of France, ideal for those trips to the vineyards. The town itself is small, with lovely timber fronted houses and cobbled streets is a joy to wonder round.
This old historical, medieval town, is the second largest protected centre in Burgundy