Scientific and artistic collections. Letters and manuscripts

The Pasteur Museum holds substantial collections relating to the life and work of Louis Pasteur. Both a science and art museum, it is also a rare testimony to late 19th-century decorative art.

The Pasteur Museum houses rich iconographic collections dedicated to Louis Pasteur and the history of the Institut Pasteur. There are photographs illustrating Louis Pasteur and other scientists as well as paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures, and medals.

Small bust of Pasteur

Late 19th century bronze sculpture by Adrien Gaudez (1845-1902) Musée des Applications de la Recherche in Marnes-la-Coquette 

Camille Vallery-Radot

Camille Vallery-Radot, granddaughter of Louis Pasteur. Oil on canvas by Léon Bonnat (1833-1922).

The 3 Nobel Laureates in Medicine of 1965

François Jacob (1920-2013), Jacques Monod (1910-1976) and André Lwoff (1902-1994) on 16 October 1965. Jacques Monod's study two days after the announcement of the Nobel Prize. Jacques Monod is showing a set of dice to illustrate the rudiments of symmetry in the allosteric model.

Louis Pasteur with his family in Arbois, 1892

Louis Pasteur in his garden in Arbois during the summer of 1892. To the left of Pasteur is his granddaughter Camille Vallery-Radot. To his right is his grandson, Louis Pasteur Vallery-Radot and Mrs Pasteur. Behind Pasteur is his son-in-law, René Vallery Radot; to the left of René Vallery Radot is his wife, née Marie-Louise Pasteur, and to his right is Pasteur's nephew, Laurent.

Louis Pasteur in 1881

Scan of an old print of a photo showing Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) taken by Walery in 1881

Medal with the face of Albert Calmette marking the centenary of his birth in 1963

Medal (obverse) with the face of Albert Calmette marking the centenary of his birth in 1963

Medal engraved by Pierre Turin (1891 - ?)

3 tubes of wine

Effects of oxygen in the air on wine kept in the dark/sunlight/dark.

Plate by Lackerbauer with annotations by Louis Pasteur. 1866 

Nachet microscope

Nachet microscope with 400x magnification used by Louis Pasteur circa 1860 for his work on fermentation and spontaneous generation. Museum, scientific room, display case 5, shelf 2.

Autoclave designed by Charles Chamberland

Third autoclave designed by Charles Chamberland and used in Louis Pasteur's laboratory.

Device used by Louis Pasteur

Device used by Louis Pasteur in his laboratory to prepare pure brewer's yeast culture as part of his experiments on beer fermentation circa 1875. Exhibited in the scientific souvenir room of the Pasteur Museum.

Pasteur molten glass vase produced by Emile Gallé in 1892

This vase was a gift to Pasteur from students at the École Normale Supérieure to mark his 70th birthday in 1892. 

Emile Gallé engraved a rabid dog, a microscope, microbes, larvae and a quote from Victor Hugo on it. 

Exhibited in the large drawing room of Louis Pasteur's apartment in the Pasteur Museum.

Charity, based on the tomb of General Lamoricière

Bronze sculpture, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne and sculpted by Paul Dubois (1829-1905) circa 1876.

Museum, large drawing room.

This is one of four allegories positioned at the four corners of General Lamoricière's tomb in Nantes Cathedral.

Louis Pasteur in his laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure

Detail of an oil on canvas by Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905).

Portrait of Jean-Joseph Pasteur

Portrait of Louis Pasteur's father, Jean-Joseph Pasteur (1791-1865). 

Pastel on paper produced by Louis Pasteur in 1842.

Handwritten letter from Louis Pasteur to Joseph Meister

Handwritten letter from Louis Pasteur to Joseph Meister dated Paris, 7 June 1887 regarding his health and work

Silver-plated table center-piece

Silver-plated table center-piece with crystal bowls by Christofle and Baccarat, 1889.

Exhibited in the large dining room at the Pasteur Museum

Silver-plated table center-piece

Silver-plated table center-piece with crystal bowls by Christofle and Baccarat, 1889.

Exhibited in the large dining room at the Pasteur Museum

Crystal models produced by Pasteur

Paratartrate and tartrate crystal models produced by Pasteur as part of his crystallography work demonstrating his discovery of molecular asymmetry. 

Museum, scientific room

Item of furniture from the small drawing room

Detail - Item of furniture from the small drawing-room - Pasteur Apartment

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