FAQ & Contact
Do you have any questions about the French Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle? Before contacting us, you might find it helpful to look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Museum regularly recruits civil servants (by transfer, secondment, etc.) and contractual staff (fixed-term contracts, temporary work). It also takes on students as part of an internship or work-study programme.
If you would like to know about recruiting, vacancies and internship or work-study offers, please consult the "Recruitment" section regularly (in French only)
The Museum can regularly lend its collections for research or temporary exhibitions. Your request must be made via the Colhelper platform.
If you would like to know more about the procedures and conditions for borrowing, as well as all the information you need to make a request, please consult the page "Request for loan of collections".
Every year, the Museum welcomes students, young researchers and French and international professionals to the Doctoral School "Sciences of Nature and Man: “Evolution and Ecology" and the Master's degree "Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution". The Muséum also contributes to teaching Bachelor level courses in partnership with several French establishments.
You will find a presentation of the organization of the collections as well as the contacts of the collection directors in our section which presents our collections, organized by groups.
You can also consult our databases:
The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle is a public cultural, scientific and professional institution. It is placed under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Ecological Transition. At the crossroads between earth, life and human sciences, the Museum's vocation is carried out through five activities: conservation and enrichment of collections, research, higher education, expertise and dissemination of scientific knowledge. If you would like to know more about the Museum, check out the "The Museum" section.
The Museum has 11 sites open to the public throughout France, as well as two marine stations, laboratories, a prehistoric excavation site, etc.
In Paris, within the Jardin des Plantes, 7 sites are open to the public: the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, the Galerie des Enfants, the Galerie d'Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie, the Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie, the Cabinet de Réalité Virtuelle, the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes and the Ménagerie, the Jardin des Plantes zoo.
In Paris, you can also visit the Musée de l'Homme (16th arrondissement) and the Parc zoologique de Paris (12th arrondissement). In Île-de-France, you can discover the Arboretum of Versailles-Chèvreloup (78). In the provinces, you are welcome to visit the Haute-Touche Zoological Reserve (36), the Harmas Jean-Henri Fabre (84), the Marinarium of Concarneau (29), the Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden (06), the La Jaÿsinia Alpine Garden (74), the Abri Pataud (24) and the Sansan Paleosite (32).
Discover all the sites open to visitors in the Visit section.
Museums, gardens, zoos
The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle offers you the opportunity to visit many sites in Paris and the regions.
- the Jardin des Plantes (5th)
- 7 sites are open to the public:
- Musée de l'Homme (16th)
- Parc zoologique de Paris (12th) (Paris Zoological Park)
- Arboretum Versailles-Chèvreloup (Yvelines)
Across the country:
You can buy and print your tickets in advance at our ticket office. The Jardin des Plantes galleries and the Musée de l'Homme can be booked on the Fnac network.
We invite you to consult the practical information on our sites for more information.
As the Museum is not part of the Ministry of Culture, it does not offer free or discounted admission to all its sites for Carte Culture holders.
In order to guarantee a safe, enjoyable visit for each of our visitors, while respecting the collections on display or the animals in our zoos, we invite you to read the visiting instructions for each of them.
Find out about our group tour offer and book now!
The Museum also offers guided tours, workshops and activities for schools. To find out more, visit the page devoted to school and extra-curricular activities.
Booking is compulsory for group self-guided and guided tours and workshops at the Jardin des Plantes, Musée de l'Homme or Parc zoologique de Paris. For more information on our booking policy, go to the group page.
The Museum regularly rents out some of its spaces for private professional events (Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, Jardin des Plantes, Musée de l'Homme, Parc zoologique de Paris, etc.).
If you would like to know more and find out the rates, we advise you to consult the "Space rental" section If you are a professional and would like to organise an event on one of our sites, you can request a quote online.
Tourism professionals as well as works councils and associations have the possibility of purchasing tickets in advance.
For works councils and associations, we offer you the opportunity to buy your tickets in advance at preferential rates and to benefit from the benefits. For tourism professionals, we have a bulk ticketing offer dedicated to resale to individuals.
The Museum's expertise unit includes different professions around three main services, an inexhaustible source of data on nature.
To find out more about expertise at the Museum, please check the page about Museum's expertise.
The Museum is willing to appraise potential meteorites found by private individuals. If you think you may have found a meteorite and would like to have it appraised by one of our scientists, go to the page Appraise a meteorite.
Since 1989, the Centre de Recherche sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (Research Centre on the Biology of Bird Populations), based at the Muséum, has set up a programme for the monitoring of common bird populations in France (Suivi Temporel des populations d’Oiseaux Communs nicheurs en France), relying on the network of volunteer ringers.
If you think you have found a ringed bird, we invite you to check the website "Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (CRBPO)".
Couldn’t find your answer?
You can contact our teams with this form. We invite you to carefully select the profile options and the type of question to ensure that the processing period for your request is as short as possible.