Like a theatre of life, the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution presents thousands of animal specimens. True to life, they tell the amazing story of evolution - a story in three acts, played out in a majestic setting.


The site

A Gallery in three acts
Act I, the first part of the permanent exhibition, is performed on the ground floor and first floor of the central nave in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution. Here, you come face-to-face with the wide variety of animal species which populate the sea and land environments.

Act II relates two adventures: the journey of living organisms evolving over the course of Earth’s history and the journey of the human spirit trying to understand its origins through the process of life.

On the second floor balcony of the nave, Act III shows how human activities have changed the natural environment, sometimes irreversibly.

Find out more about the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution


Plan your visit

General accessibility
The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is not specifically laid out for directing visually impaired visitors. That is why it is advisable to come with a companion.
Benches (without backs and armrests) are placed at regular intervals in the exhibition areas.
The upper floors can be accessed by the stairs or the lift.

Please note:

  • the Grande Galerie is a dimly-lit exhibition area
  • It is not possible to touch the objects and specimens (unless you are on a guided tour with a Muséum guide), but it is possible to get up close to the objects on display most of the time. Many of the objects are not behind glass.
  • The stairs are not yet fitted with stair nosings or tactile warning strips; however, they are all equipped with a handrail.
  • The bottom of the two staircases in the exhibition area, connecting the ground floor (marine habitats) to the first floor (land habitats) has not been marked out on the floor.
  • Access to the temporary exhibition on the lower ground floor is by private lift: please go to the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution reception desk.

Parking
Individual visitors and families: there is not a visitors’ car park at the Jardin des Plantes, but there is an accessible car park nearby: Austerlitz car park (Verrière), 85, quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris - Muséum package: 1 hour free after 3 hours of parking. When you return to the car park, present your Muséum and parking tickets to the reception desk.

Groups: parking allowed by request only for a maximum of two PRM vehicles on the Jardin des Plantes premises. Requests must be made to reservation.jdp@mnhn.fr

Public transport
Bus: Lines with the nearest stop: 67, 89 (Buffon - La Mosquée stop) – Other lines: 24, 57, 61, 63, and 91
Batobus: Jardin des Plantes stop
Metro, RER: line 5 Austerlitz – line 7 Censier Daubenton – line 10 Jussieu or Austerlitz - RER C Gare d’Austerlitz
SNCF train station: Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon
Transport accessibility information: infomobi.com

Getting here
Two entrances can be used to access the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution:

  • 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire: please note there is a small projection of less than 2 cm at the street entrance gate towards the forecourt. The pavement runs almost continuously up to this entrance from the Jussieu metro (one road to cross - Rue Cuvier). The "Buffon, la Mosquée" bus stop is also very near this entrance.
  • through the Jardin des Plantes (download a PDF version of the Jardin des Plantes map at the bottom of the page)

The entrance doors are heavy to open, but a security guard is always on hand inside to help you if need be (the doors have glass in them so the guard can see the visitors outside).

When very busy, priority entrance (indicated by a sign) to the right of the main entrance (if you have booked for a tour, for example).

Reception
Reception staff are available upon your arrival. The reception desk is opposite the entrance and the cash desks are on your left.

Toilets
Toilets on every floor in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.
Ground floor toilets can be used without needing to buy a ticket.

Food and drink
Cafeteria accessible on the first floor of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (access with admission ticket).
Chairs with backs and no armrests.
Several food stands selling sandwiches, drinks and sweets are dotted around the Jardin.
There are several picnic areas with tables and chairs available for visitors.
It is possible to have a picnic on the lawn next to the Tropical Greenhouses (visitors are not allowed on the other lawns).

Opening times and days
Every day from 10am to 6pm, except Tuesdays and 1st May
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.


Events and activities – Prices

Activities for individual visitors and families
To find out the activities on offer for everyone, download the Muséum’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page (in PDF version).
Some specific tours (sensory tours) are available on specific dates. Information : +33(0)1 40 79 56 01 (general reception) or info-accessibilite@mnhn.fr

Please note:
The Grande Galerie is a dimly-lit exhibition area.
Visitors on unaccompanied tours are not allowed to touch the objects and specimens (this is only possible as part of a guided tour with a guide from the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle who is trained and qualified to lead sensory tours). However, most of the time it is possible to get up close to the objects on display. Many of the objects are not behind glass.

Tickets and reservations for individual visitors and families on self-guided tours
Free admission for disabled visitors coming for an unaccompanied tour (without a guide) and for a companion, upon presentation of proof (disability or priority card).
Any additional companions buy their tickets at the current price.
Booking not required for unaccompanied tours.

Tickets and reservations for individual visitors and families for activities with a guide
Prices for the activities available for everyone vary depending on the type of activity.
To find out what they are, download the Jardin des Plantes’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page.

Sensory tour prices: Duration 1 hour: €7.50 /participant - Duration 1 hour 30 mins: €10 /participant

Educational activities for groups
Guided tours and guided sensory workshops, with a Muséum guide who has been trained in disability awareness, are available for groups of visually-impaired visitors, by reservation. Activity themes and useful information can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Please note:
The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is a dimly-lit exhibition area.
Visitors on unaccompanied tours are not allowed to touch the objects and specimens (this is only possible as part of a guided tour with a Muséum guide). However, most of the time it is possible to get up close to the objects on display. Many of the objects are not behind glass.

Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on self-guided tours
Reservation required – Reservations service – Tel. + 33 (0)1 40 79 36 00 - reservation.jdp@mnhn.fr

Reservations for permanent Galleries and temporary exhibitions:

  • Less than 10 participants: No reservation required*
  • More than 10 participants: Reservation required – €9 / group

*A headed letter from your institution requesting free admission for a disabled group must be presented at the ticket booth.

Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on guided tours or for workshops
Reservation required – Reservations service – Tel. + 33 (0)1 40 79 36 00 - reservation.jdp@mnhn.fr

Less than 10 participants:

  • Duration 1 hour: €7.60 /participant
  • Duration 1 hr 30 mins: €10.10 /participant

10 participants or more:

  • Duration 1 hour: €76 /group
  • Duration 1 hr 30 mins: €101 /group
  • Duration 2 hours: €136 /group

Contact

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution reception centre
+33(0)1 40 79 54 79
info-accessibilite@mnhn.fr