Address Musées nationaux de l'île d'Aix 30 Rue Napoléon, 17123 Île-d'Aix, France

The African Museum on the island of Aix houses a vast collection of ethnographic objects, white weapons and shields, all in a reconstruction of the natural habitat of the animals hunted by Baron Gourgaud.

Opened in 1933, the African museum has a very 1930s scenography. It highlights the hunting trophies of Baron Napoleon Gourgaud, “savior” of the Isle of Aix.

Great hunter, Baron Gourgaud organized with Robert Rychner three great expeditions in Africa in 1913-1914, 1928 and 1930-1931. He killed many animals that were later naturalized by the most famous taxidermist of the time.

There is notably the Arabian dromedary that General Bonaparte would have ridden during his Egyptian campaign, just brought from the boat. There are also ethnographic and zoological objects. This museum in the center of the village echoes that of Napoleon, a few dozen meters further, near the landing stage.

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