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The Musée de l'Homme ("Museum of Man"), is an anthropology museum in Paris, France. It was established in 1937 by Paul Rivet for the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne. It is the descendant of the Musée d'Ethnographie du Trocadéro, founded in 1878. The Musée de l'Homme is a research center under the authority of various ministries, and it groups several entities from the CNRS. The Musée de l'Homme is one of the seven departments of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle. The Musée de l'Homme occupies most of the Passy wing of the Palais de Chaillot in the 16th arrondissement. The vast majority of its collection was transferred to the Quai Branly museum.

The Musée de l'Homme has inherited from the historical collections created as soon as the 16th century in cabinets of curiosities and in the Royal Cabinet. These exhibitions would be enriched during the 19th century and still are today. Its aim is to gather in one site everything which may aim at defining the human being: man in his evolution (prehistory), man in his unity and diversity (anthropology), man in his cultural and social expression (ethnology).

Until 1974, the Musée de l'Homme displayed the remains of the "Hottentot Venus".

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