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Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle
Jardin des Plantes – 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 5th
Jussieu, Gare d’Austerlitz or Censier Daubenton
Tel
01 40 79 56 01
www.mnhn.fr

The National Museum of Natural Sciences groups together three large specialized museuems within a vast Botanical Garden overlooking the Seine.

Opening Hours: The Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie and the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée are open weekdays except Tuesday, weekdays from 10am-5pm, weekends and holidays 10am-6pm (last admission 45minutes prior to closing). Closed May 1.
The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is open daily except Tuesday, from 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm). Closed May 1.

Tickets: Entry to the Galerie de Mineralogie and the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée is €6, reduced rate of €4. Entry to the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is €8, reduced rate of €6. Discounted rate for entry to other museums after purchase of one ticket at one of the Natural Sciences museums.

Free Entrance: Kids under 4, disabled visitors with one accompanying person, journalists with ID and ICOM (International Council of Museums) members.Botanical Gardens are open free to the public.

Info and Services: Boutiques on site at the museums and café inside the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.

Heather’s Notes: The Grand Galeire de l’Evolution was completely remodeled in 1995, conserving the parquet floors, iron mezzanines and stone walls while modernizing the collections with a cool Jules Verne feel. It’s a nice change from the stark white of most museums. The stuffed animals are arranged in a life-like manner (the African animals in a stampede, schools of fish hanging from the ceiling by invisible threads, etc).

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