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The exhibition's starting point is the most familiar night scene for us humans: a bedroom with dimmed lights. This familiar departure point of the exhibition then takes visitors on a journey through the night and different perspectives on it.
The setting of the sun and the darkness of the night are phenomena with an intrinsic effect on both humans and nature. Some of us go to sleep when it's dark, but for others, this is the most active time of their day.
The National Museum of Natural History (Naturmusée)'s latest exhibition explores the experience of night time from many different perspectives, allowing visitor to discover the night and all its components.
The second floor of the museum has been transformed into a different world entirely for the "Nuit" exhibition. The exhibition was conceived in the Parisian counterpart of the National Museum of Natural History and takes visitors on a walk through the poetic and mysterious world of the night.
The exhibition is an interactive exploration, showcasing all six senses, as the curators describe it, including sight, odour, and more. Following on from the familiar sight of the bedroom, the exhibition goes on to show visitors animals that are similar to humans: those that sleep at night. After this stepping stone into the night, the exhibition showcases the other side of the world: the animals and plants that thrive and awaken once it is dark. The exhibition also explores astronomy, a key component of the night.
As curators explain, the exhibition allows us to step into the shoes of those who experience the night differently. For instance, the exhibition provides an insight on sight as a cat - whilst cats don't perceive colours in the same way as humans, their sight is attuned (alongside other senses) to still able to hunt.
The exhibition is open at the museum until 4 August. Finally, it also exposes visitors to the consequences of light pollution and the effects it has on different parts of nature.