Gardens and Heritage

With the wealth of its thirteen sites, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle has a unique historical heritage and landscape to be conserved and enhanced.

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, with its historical heart at the Jardin des Plantes, works at 13 sites in Paris, Île-de-France and across France. These diverse sites include 5 museums of which 4 are historical galleries, 6 botanical gardens and 3 zoological parks, a Marinarium (marine station) and several research centres only open to researchers. So there are many buildings and gardens to be enhanced and restored to ensure the continuation of this unique historical heritage and landscape.

The Muséum pour la Planète endowment fund aims to preserve the Muséum’s gardens and ensure they are handed on to future generations by funding enhancement, restoration and redevelopment works. This support covers the Jardin des Plantes, the historical heart of the Muséum, the Versailles-Chèvreloup Arboretum (Yvelines), the Val Rahmeh-Menton botanical gardens (Alpes-Maritimes) and the Jardin de l’Harmas Jean-Henri-Fabre (Vaucluse).

The endowment fund also provides long-term support to restore the buildings on the Muséum’s sites, particularly those at the Jardin des Plantes, so as to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Muséum’s historical sites. This unique heritage comprises the  Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie, the Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée, the Galerie de Botanique, the Verniquet Amphitheatre, the Hôtel de Magny, the Maison de Buffon, the Pavillon de la Baleine, and the historical buildings of the Ménagerie which require work to guarantee their continued use in the future. These places are important to the Muséum’s missions of conservation and knowledge sharing.

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