National Museum of Natural
(History Musée National D'Histoire Naturelle)

Musée National D'Histoire Naturelle is recognized as one of the three largest museums of natural history in the world today

Visitors enjoying a hands on exhibit during the Incredible Cetaceans Exhibition at the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle
Visitors enjoying a hands on exhibit during the Incredible Cetaceans Exhibition at the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle cc licensed photo by dalbera

The National Museum of Natural History in Paris France was established in 1793 and has a very interesting history that actually predates this. It is said the actual origins of the museum are in the medicinal gardens of King Louis XIII or Jardin royal des plantes medicinales, which were later renamed and modified by King Louis XV to simply Jardin du Roi or the Kings Garden which then enabled the gardens to focus on a broader spectrum of natural plants and later on natural history in general.

From 1739 to 1788 the Royal Garden was run under the direction of Georges-Louis Leclerc, de Buffon who was the leading naturalist of his age, the Royal Gardens survived the French Revolution and was later changed under the Republican Government to the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle. The original aims of the museum were to educate the public and increase the natural collection as much as possible.

There are a number of branches of the museum throughout France but the main one is still in the original location of the Jardin des Plantes, 5th arrondissement of Paris or Metro Place Monge. The museum is recognized as one of the three largest museums of natural history in the world today and is also recognized legally as the National Reference Centre or the Natural World.

The museum's huge collection is estimated to exceed 60 million specimens from a variety of disciplines including geology, botany, palaeontology, zoology and anthropology.

One of the biggest attractions at the museum is the world famous Great Gallery of Evolution which is an enormous, slightly overwhelming space that houses an incredible array of species and specimens from throughout our natural history. These range from dinosaur skeletons and fossils to extinct species of animals and a very detailed look at how these different species including man have evolved over the years. The museum itself has evolved with the times and presents a number of installations with interactive mediums as well.

Nearby attraction: Jardin des Plantes

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: National Museum of Natural History (Musée National D'Histoire Naturelle)


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

How to get to National Museum of Natural History (Musée National D'Histoire Naturelle) 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 via the gate at the southeast corner or exit Metro M5 at Quai de la Rapée Station and go to your right throught the plaza and right again across Pont d'Austerlistz (Bridge) to the entrance gate on the far side of the traffic circle and make your way through the gardens to the entrance.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5National Museum of Natural History Star Rating

4 Star Rating Lovely open museum with lots of Natural History. Not too crowded, not too expensive - a great place to escape the crowds of Paris and enjoy some lovely exhibits.

Luke Barnes - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit. Take about a day to visit everything. Ad you will have to buy separate tickets for each location you visiting. You cannot use your Paris Pass.

Tiberiu Razvan Robu - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Brilliant, I can't recommend this enough. The display of animals in the Gallery of Evolution is breathtaking. Our kids took a hundred photos and were happy exploring for hours. The surrounding gardens are really nice and feature one of the few public park areas where you can actually sit on the grass!

Steve Broomhall - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Wonderful museum overall. A lineup outside the kids area is truly not necessary though and the ticket sales lineups can be a TON better organized. Kept us in the freezing snow outside and only let a few people in to buy tickets at a time. Brrrrr

Ileana Ibbett - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place, definitely take the time to come and discover all this place has to offer. The entrance prices are very cheap, considering all this place has to offer they're a steal. If you only opt for a ticket to a single exhibition then you'll get a discount code for other exhibitions should you change your mind and decide to spend more time here, which we did. The collections are quite remarkable and well presented. Laid out well and great to walk around and explore. From a selfish stand point, it'd have improved the experience had more of the exhibits had English translations, we're in Paris though and it should be expected that the majority of the exhibits are in French.

Jayour Morgan - 2 months ago


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