Beneath a magnificent cupola, the Grand Amphithéâtre du Muséum is arranged with traditional tiered seating. Seven rows of seats, five sections in all, and four stairways converge front and centre to face the large fume hood that still bears Fortin’s allegory of science. The lecture hall offers seating for 350. Renovated in 2003, the hall is dedicated to scientific and cultural communications: classes, lectures, symposia, etc.

The site

The Muséum invites you to meet its researchers. Talks, public lectures, debates and screenings are all events accessible to everyone or by reservation at the Muséum’s Grand Amphithéâtre or in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution auditorium.

Plan your visit

General accessibility
The Grand Amphithéâtre is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors with walking difficulties. Same level access to the Amphithéâtre and the toilets.

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 to

Public transport
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:

Getting here
Access to the Muséum’s Grand Amphithéâtre is through the Jardin des Plantes (download map at the bottom of the page).

  • most accessible entrance at 36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (the whole pathway is on the same level. Please note: there are cobblestones on a small section of the pathway, a companion is recommended)
  • please note: the entrance at 40, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire has the following features: a grating with slits over 2cm, a slope which is relatively gentle but more than 4% on a pathway which is very wide but with a slight camber, old rounded cobblestones on a section of the pathway - a companion is recommended

Once you are in the building, there are places for wheelchair users at the foot of the tiered seating opposite the speaker. Access at the bottom, on the left as you enter the building.

The Grand Amphithéâtre du Muséum reception desk is open during debates and talks and is located at the entrance to the building.

The toilets are accessible to wheelchair users: entrance on the right after you come into the building.

Food and drink
Several food stands selling sandwiches, drinks and sweets are dotted around the Jardin (please note that not all of the kiosk counters are 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).
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. Please note: the cash desk at the cafeteria is not a suitable height (112 cm high). Chairs with backs and no armrests.

Opening times and days
Opening times and days vary according to the activities on offer.
See the Jardin des Plantes’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page.

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.

Buying tickets, prices and bookings for individual visitors and families
Download the Jardin des Plantes’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page.


Jardin des Plantes general reception centre
+33(0)1 40 79 56 01