Tarn. Animals also have their champions, proof in an exhibition

Tarn. Animals also have their champions, proof in an exhibition
Tarn. Animals also have their champions, proof in an exhibition

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Fabien Hisbacq

Published on May 12, 2024 at 10:02 a.m.

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It will have escaped no one’s attention that the year 2024 is Olympic. And that France hosts the largest sporting competition in the world in July and August. But if no human champion is expected in the Tarn on this occasion, an exhibition offers a look at the exceptional performances of animals.

Gaillacwho is lucky enough to have three museums labeled Museums of France, has a natural history museum (in addition to a Fine Arts Museum in the heart of Foucaud Park and an Abbey Museum in the Saint-Michel cellars). The latter, named Philadelphe-Thomas, highlights until 1er September 2024 the exploits of certain species, allowing us to better understand their biological explanation and, in the process, to dispel certain preconceived ideas.

Skeletons and anatomy charts

The exhibition brings together stuffed specimens and spectacular skeletons, but also anatomy plates exhibited for the first time.

The opportunity to see animals differently. (©City of Gaillac)

What is the fastest animal in the museum? Who would stand on the top of the marathon podium? What physical characteristics explain this performance? So many questions addressed with scientific rigor and humor.

Three rooms

The first room compares the animals selected for their extraordinary performances and the Olympic disciplines. The abilities of animals in terms of speed, endurance or agility are thus highlighted using factual data. the second room focuses on biological mechanism during these exploits : the role of the organs is explained in particular using skeletons and anatomy works. Finally, the third room is mainly devoted to preconceived ideas about these animal champions.

And with Lego…

Furthermore, alongside the exhibition, there will be a workshop on Sunday June 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. An event from the Albigensian specialist store La Rue’briques will allow you to mix Lego, science and animals. The goal ? Build animal heroes or animate robotic dinosaurs to discover the themes of the exhibition from a different perspective (registration required).

A little earlier, a guided tour by the curator is offered on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

Animal feats, at the Philadelphe-Thomas Natural History Museum, 2, place Philadelphe-Thomas, in Gaillac, until 1er September 2024. Prices: 2 and 4 euros. Free every 2e Sundays of the month. Open every day (except Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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