The Sex-appeal Exhibition

An educational exhibition designed to dispel preconceived ideas about the sexuality of plants and animals, showing the diversity of behaviour: nature has a whole range of different lifestyles! Seduction, intimacy; the natural world reveals itself.

The scandalous life of Mother Nature


Plants have long been regarded as chaste beings. In myths, flowers are often symbols of purity and virginity.

The first part of the exhibition introduces visitors to the reproduction of plants, particularly flowering plants, through pollination. Pollination can take place by wind or water, or using insects or birds.

It’s a win-win relationship: the flowers’ shapes, colours and smells attract the pollinator. The pollinator feeds on their nectar and pollen, covers itself in pollen and carries it to other flowers. Some species have developed an exclusive relationship, such as the Madagascar star and its sole pollinator, the Sphinx butterfly: the two species depend entirely on each other.


What about animals?
In some species, males and females do not look alike. Often, the male is larger and sometimes more “beautiful” (mane, large antlers, coloured feathers…). But this is not always the case, as in the case of the argonaut, a mollusc, where the adult female is ten to fifteen times larger than the male.
Females may choose to mate with the best-looking, strongest or healthiest male. But they may also be interested in the one that brings food or escapes predators. Sometimes, the male will even attract the female with a courtship display or a gift: a special mention goes to the gardener bird, which builds a sort of bridal chamber out of twigs, a cradle, decorated with blue objects, to welcome the female.

In a particularly surprising hall, visitors can try their hand at reproducing the love song of an amphibian or the courtship ritual of a spider. There’s also a collection of penile bones and a red display case devoted to the animal kamasutra!

Practical info

Exhibition from 14 October 2023 to 7 July 2024

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Closed on 1st May.

Admission: €12 – concessions €8.
Free admission for people with disabilities (and their carers) and those receiving state benefits.

35 Allées Jules Guesde, 31000 Toulouse