French National Museum of Natural History Project

Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

Paris, France

In the spring of 2016, CVAST scanned the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée (Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy) at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris (MNHN). Co-directed by CVAST Executive Director Herbert Maschner and Pierre-Yves Gagnier, Directeur adjoint des collections MNHN, this project had several goals.

The first was to test methods for the virtual documentation of extremely complex and detailed museum exhibits, which was done using both laser scans and photogrammetry. The second was to test methods of segmentation so that individual skeletons and specimens could be separated from the composite gallery reconstructions. Lastly, to provide a plan view and architectural plan for the proposed remodeling of the galleries and building.

An interactive map of the Gallery of Paleontology in ArcGIS can be found here.

Scanning the Gallery of Anatomy

3D models

French National Museum of Natural History Project by CVAST on Sketchfab

Videos

These videos show animations of some of the point clouds that resulted from scanning in the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée.

Gallery of Paleontology

Discover the Galerie de Paléontologie, showcasing all stages in the history of life.

Scanning and photographing the collection

Setting up our Faro Focus330 terrestrial laser scanner in the Gallery of Anatomy
Photographing the Gallery of Anatomy

Preliminary results

Orthophoto of the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy
Orthophoto of the Gallery of Paleontology
Point cloud of Steller's sea cow, dorsal view
Point cloud of Steller's sea cow, right lateral view
Point cloud of a Baleen whale, right lateral view

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