Here you can find all the information specifically for the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing, including accessibility and the activities and events on offer.

The site

The "Treasures of the Earth" exhibition opened on 19 December 2014 in the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie, with over 600 specimens from the huge Mineralogy heritage collections of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle.

Find out more about the exhibition

Plan your visit

Opening times and days
The Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie is open every day from 10am to 5pm, except on Tuesdays and 1st May.

General accessibility
The vast majority of the things to see and visit in the "Treasures of the Earth" Exhibition are visual.

Please note:
some dimly-lit places in the exhibition make it difficult to lip-read.

Individual visitors and families: there is not a visitors’ car park at the Jardin des Plantes, but there are several car parks in the surrounding area:

  • Patriarches car park: 4, Place Bernard Halpern - Paris 5th arrondissement (a 10 minute walk from the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution)
  • Quai d’Austerlitz car park: 29, quai d’Austerlitz - Paris 13th arrondissement (a 20 minute walk from the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution)
  • Austerlitz Verrière car park: 85, quai d’Austerlitz - Paris 13th arrondissement >>Currently closed due to works

Groups: parking allowed by request only for a maximum of two PRM vehicles on the Jardin des Plantes premises.
Requests must be made no later than 48 hours before the date of your visit to:

  • for groups of less than 10 disabled people on unaccompanied tours.
  • for groups of more than 10 disabled people on unaccompanied tours, as well as all groups on guided tours (regardless of the number of people).

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 (the nearest) – line 7 Censier Daubenton – line 10 Jussieu or Austerlitz (the nearest) - RER C Gare d’Austerlitz
SNCF train station: Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon
Transport accessibility information:

Getting here
It is possible to access the Galerie de Minéralogie by two entrances:

  • the shortest way is at 36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire: small projection less than 2 cm
  • by entering through the Jardin des Plantes: same level (download Jardin des Plantes map at the bottom of the page)

When very busy, priority admission on presentation of proof (disability or priority card).

The reception staff at the Galerie de Mineralogie do not know the French Sign Language and have not received lip-reading training.
However, they are there to help if you need any information. Please let them know if there is another communication method you could use (writing in a notebook, etc.).

The toilets are at the end of the large exhibition hall.

Food and drink
The nearest place to eat is the cafeteria on the first floor of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (access only allowed with admission ticket / free ticket on presentation of proof).

Several food stands selling sandwiches, drinks and sweets are dotted around the Jardin des Plantes (please note: the stand counters are not all of an accessible height).

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 Grandes Serres at the Jardin des Plantes (visitors are not allowed on the other lawns).