In the heart of Paris, the Jardin des Plantes zoo is home to 1,800 animals, a third of which represent highly endangered species. These rare species, each more extraordinary than the last, are displayed in a site with stunning architecture (200 years of history) and lush vegetation (over 400 trees).
A place for walking and learning, surrounded by historical heritage
The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes has a long history dating back to 1794. This is reflected in its walls through the astonishing architecture which is there to be discovered along with their occupants. During your visit, you will meet 240 mammals, including orangutans, snow leopards and small pandas, 390 birds, 210 tortoises, crocodiles, lizards and snakes, 140 amphibians and 900 insects, crustaceans and spiders. These animals are housed in "fabriques", little log cabins with cob walls and thatched roofs. The architect Molinos took his inspiration for them in 1802 from Marie Antoinette’s farm in Versailles. Others can be seen in the large aviary, the only one of its kind in the world, built in 1888, and in the Vivarium (1926), the Monkey House (1936) and the Big Cat House, three buildings built in the art deco style.
A place for preserving biodiversity and research
The Ménagerie participates in the ex-situ conservation of biodiversity: gaurs, Przewalski horses, orangutans, snow leopards and clouded leopards are all part of coordinated European breeding programmes. These programmes have been set up to manage the genetic heritage of species to preserve their potential to adapt so that one day they can be reintroduced back into the wild. Some of these species are the subject of reintroduction and research projects in which the Ménagerie participates.
A place for raising awareness of biodiversity
Environmental education is a main area of focus for zoos. The Ménagerie plays host to thousands of schoolchildren when they come to workshops or for guided tours. Families are invited to "Meet the Keepers" events on Wednesdays, at weekends and during the school holidays. In 2011, we opened an "urban biodiversity" trail for everyone. Everyday nature is all around us and its decline often goes hand in hand with a reduction in our quality of life. Twelve stands dotted around the Ménagerie punctuate a fun and informative trail where visitors not only find out what threatens animals and plants but also the actions to be taken to ensure they have somewhere inhabitable to live.
Plan your visit
Moving around in the Ménagerie requires support.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus: 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 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: infomobi.com
Access to the Ménagerie is through the Jardin des Plantes (download map at the bottom of the page).
Several possible entrances: by the Place Valhubert, or 2, rue Buffon, or 40, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (this entrance is closer to the Ménagerie’s second entrance, near the wallaby enclosure).
Cash desk assistants are available if you would like any information.
Toilets in the Ménagerie, in the centre of the zoo (see map).
Food and drink
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).
Cafeteria on the first floor of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution – access with admission ticket specifically for the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, with a view of the land animals.
Opening times and days
Every day from 9am to 5pm
Events and activities – Prices
Activities for individual visitors and families
To find out the activities available for everyone, download the Jardin des Plantes’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page.
No specific tours (sensory tours) offered in this site.
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 on offer 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.
Educational activities for groups
Guided tours and workshops adapted for mentally handicapped visitors, led by guides with disability awareness training. To find out the tour themes, download the Activities accessible for groups brochure from the Accessibility page.
Workshop "The Ménagerie on the move"
2 hour session with 1 hour per 1/2 class (workshop times can be adjusted by request depending on the children’s needs and abilities).
After a body-awareness training session for the children, we take them to observe a group of animals, focusing on their posture, movements and how they move around. Then we invite the children to copy these movements and create a short dance piece. The movement will give the children food for thought as they learn about their bodies.
Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on self-guided tours
- less than 10 participants / more than 10 participants: No reservation required*
* A headed letter from your institution requesting free admission for a disabled group must be presented at the cash desk.
Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on guided tours or for workshops
Reservation required – Reservations service – email@example.com
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
Documents for download
- Programme quadrimestriel du Jardin des Plantes (in French only) (pdf, 12.38 MB)
- Plan de la Ménagerie (in French only) (pdf, 1.46 MB)
- Plan du Jardin des Plantes (in French only) (pdf, 773.42 KB)
- Demande d'autorisation d'accès d'un véhicule dans le Jardin des Plantes (in French only) (doc, 37.5 KB)
- Plan d'accès d'un véhicule dans le Jardin des Plantes (in French only) (pdf, 2.75 MB)