Vocations and missions of the Museum
The Museum of Natural History of Nice aims to raise awareness of biodiversity and fragility of Mediterranean natural areas, and as such participates in the protection of the natural environment. The museum’s collections and archives provide valuable documentary databases for researchers, and are banks of precious genetic resources, most of which remain to be explored.
These collections and resources are classified into several categories. The Zoothèque focuses on the animal kingdom (vertebrates, invertebrates), the Phytothèque gathers resources around the plant kingdom (herbaria, seeds), the Geothèque focuses on the mineral kingdom (fossils, rocks, minerals). The Pinacothèque brings together watercolors and drawings of fish, plants, mushrooms, etc. The Pinacothèque offers casts of mushrooms made by J-B Barla, while the Library offers books and periodic reviews.