Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, or National Museum of Natural history, is a huge and historic Parisian institution. It began to take shape, then as the Jardin Royal des Plants Médicinales (Royal Medicinal Plant Garden) under King Louis XIII in 1635 before becoming formally founded during the revolution in 1793.
The Jardin des Plants, on the beautiful left bank of the Seine, is still an integral part of the museum, but the institution has continued to grow and now includes 14 sites across Paris and over France. This network includes a variety of destinations open to the public, including the Musée de l’Homme, the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, and the famous Grand Gallery of Evolution (Grande galerie de l’évolution). The collection of course includes countless staggering dinosaur fossils and bones, and taxidermic and preserved animals from throughout history, both of which are endless sources of intrigue and inspiring for all ages, while the Jardin des Plants is home to an endless number of equally enchanting rare plants and flowers in botanical gardens.
All of these displays are housed in and around some of France’s most charming and elegant historic buildings often worth a visit alone. As a predecessor to London’s well-loved Museum of Natural History, and New York’s American Museum of Natural History, this museum remains an icon of science and natural history research and exhibition, as well as an icon for France.
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris
57 Rue Cuvier
+33 1 40 79 30 00
Monday, Wednesday – Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Métro: Place Monge, Saint-Marcel, Jussieu, Censier -Daubenton.