Jardin des Plantes Paris

Jardin des Plantes Paris is home to numerous themed gardens and greenhouses, a zoo and the Museum of Natural History

Strolling along long rows of flowers in the Jardin de plantes
Strolling along long rows of flowers in the Jardin de plantes cc licensed photo by besopha

The lovely Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures that only a beautiful garden can offer. These gardens are free to explore and offer a nice change from the bustle of the city. The gardens are also home to the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle to which they belong.

The beautiful gardens occupy a total area of about 70 acres on the southbank of the river Seine. The first planting consisted of medicinal herbs way back in 1635. In 1640 the gardens were opened to the public for the first time. In 1739 there were significant additions made to the gardens including the Labyrinth.

Several smaller gardens are located within the overall garden including the Alpine Garden, the Ecological Garden, the Rose Garden, the Garden of Peonies, the Garden of Irises and Perennials, the Labyrinth, the Greenhouses and more.

In addition to the beautiful themed gardens, starting around 1793, the garden inherited the Royal Menagerie from Versailles which in modern terms is a zoo. Of course today the focus has changed from Royalty acquiring exotic animals as a measure of wealth and status to the role of conservation and scientific study. The Menagerie at Jardin des Plantes Paris is filled with a variety of small and medium sized species representative of many different parts of the world. It is the oldest public zoo still in existence.

There are a total of 4 gates located at 57 rue Cuvier, 2 rue Buffon, 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire and 75005 Paris place Valhubert.

Nearby attraction: Museum of Natural History

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: The botanical gardens are free with the exception of a nominal charge for the Alpine Garden on weekends and holidays, for Les Grandes Serres (the Greenhouses) and for the Menagerie (Zoo).

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M7 or M10Jussieu Station5 minutes
M5Quai de la Rapée Station5 minutes

How to get to Jardin des Plantes by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro M7 or M10 at Jussieu Station and go to your left walking straight south along Rue Linne to the entrance gate at the corner of the Jarden des Plantes or exit Metro M5 at Quai de la Rapée Station and go to your right through the plaza and right again across Pont d'Austerlistz (Bridge) to the entrance gate on the far side of the traffic circle.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Jardin des Plantes Star Rating

5 Star Rating So much to explore. Great day to spend with kids. A lot to talk about and learn. When the kids are tired from too much information, there’s a nice garden outside with zoo and playground for them to burn their energy.

Annette Goh - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating What a sight! Though we did not visit the Natural History Museum and its sister buildings, the gardens are stunning and great to stroll through. Lovely!

Austin Brecht - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Went there during the winter season so I couldn't enjoy the outside garden but we visited the greenhouses and really loved it! The place is comfortable and full of beautiful plants and trees and cactus! Could stay there for hours, the atmosphere was great.

Léa Lemaire - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating The Jardin des plantes (French pronunciation: ​[ʒaʁdɛ̃ dɛ plɑ̃t]; French for 'Garden of the Plants'), also known as the jardin des plantes de Paris when distinguished from other jardins des plantes in other cities, is the main botanical garden in France. The term Jardin des plantes is the official name in the present day, but it is in fact an elliptical form of Jardin royal des plantes médicinales ('Royal Garden of the Medicinal Plants', which is related to the original purpose of the garden, back in the 17th century). Headquarters of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (the French National Museum of Natural History), the Jardin des plantes is situated in the 5ème arrondissement, Paris, on the left bank of the river Seine, and covers 28 hectares (280,000 m²)

Giant Catbass - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Great place with a lot of stuff to do if it's not just to enjoy the park. I went to the zoo with my kids, loved it. Next time we'll try those tropical green houses 😁

Jean-Francois Demant - 2 months ago

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Video slideshow showcasing the wide range of critters that can be observed at the menagerie followed by the wide variety of beautiful flowers and plants in the various gardens at Jardin des Plantes

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