Sightseeing > Museums > Histoire Naturelle
Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle
Jardin des Plantes – 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 5th
M° Jussieu, Gare d’Austerlitz or Censier Daubenton
Tel 01 40 79 56 01
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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