Deyrolle

 

One of the first places to go if you ever find yourself in Paris is the Deyrolle house. Deyrolle house was founded in 1831 by the famous entomologist Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle and has been blowing peoples minds ever since.  In February of 2008 a fire destroyed almost 90 percent of the collection and many rooms of the house itself.  There is a beautiful book documenting the charred remains of the artifacts called 1000 Degrees Celsius by Laurent Bochet (there is a great interview with Bochet here). Since the fire, a successful fund raising campaign has restored most of the house, and many new and old pieces have found there way back to their historic home.