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 VisitFee: Yes
Currently ClosedHours 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 M10||Jussieu Station||5 minutes|
|M5||Quai de la Rapée Station||5 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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Ratedout of 5
It was great, it's free for people younger that 26 and the museum is majestic ! But for the "serre" where there are all the different plants it's 5€ for people under 26, and 8€ otherwise.
Sophie Jrg - 7 days ago
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 - 9 days ago
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 - 15 days ago
World class Natural history museum with memorable Noah's ark style scene in a room of truly impressive scale. Child friendly.
Paul Harrow - 30 days ago
A really cool museum! The building itself also makes it a cool experience, it is cool to look down to the 'animal migration' on the first floor, although the open plan does exacerbate the sound of the groups of school children. There is a comprehensive room of extinct animals and there were lockers to store my huge backpack (I missed my bus and had a few hours to spare).
Samantha Kennett-Ny - 5 months ago