The Jardin des Plantes was once the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants, created by Louis XIII in 1635, and has been open to the public for almost four hundred years. Discover a unique site, with an exceptionally rich heritage.


The site

The gardens of the Jardin
The alpine garden, the eco-garden, the rose and the rock garden, the maze… Go and explore the eleven gardens which together make up an ever-changing, unique and multi-facetted Jardin des Plantes.

Find out more about the Jardin des Plantes


Plan your visit

General accessibility
The Jardin des Plantes is mostly accessible to physically handicapped people.
The garden paths are passable in a wheelchair and the ground has a sand-based surface (relatively hard). The sand tends to be dusty in strong winds and becomes slightly sticky in heavy rain.
Benches have been placed at very regular intervals in the Jardin, should visitors become tired.
A lawn next to the Grandes Serres of the Jardin des Plantes is accessible and passable by visitors.

Parking
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 resamuseum@mnhn.fr

Public transport
Bus: Lines 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91
Batobus: Jardin des Plantes stop
Metro, RER: line 5 Austerlitz – line 7 Censier Daubenton – line 10 Jussieu or Austerlitz - RER C
SNCF train station: Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon
Transport accessibility information: infomobi.com

Getting here
Various entrances available: 57, rue Cuvier / 2, rue Buffon / 36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire / place Valhubert – 75005 Paris
The large number of entrances at different locations means problem areas can be avoided (steep slopes, narrow paths).

Reception
The visitor reception centre, situated at the Place Valhubert entrance to the Jardin des Plantes, is not accessible to wheelchair users (steps at the entrance). Please go to the visitor reception centres or the cash desks in the different accessible locations you are going to visit.

Accessible toilets
In the Jardin: toilet cubicles at the main entrance to the Ménagerie
In the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, in the entrance hall, no ticket required for access.

Food and drink
Several food stands selling sandwiches, drinks and sweets are dotted around the Jardin (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).
Cafeteria accessible 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
In bad weather (snowfall, ice, high winds, high temperatures), the Jardin des Plantes and the Grandes Serres and the Ménagerie may be closed to the public for several days and for an indefinite period. For further information, please call +33(0)1 40 79 56 01 from 10am to 5pm every day.
Entry is no longer possible 15 minutes before the stated closing time.

Jardin des Plantes
Open every day from 7.30am to 8pm in the summer period
Open every day from 8am to 5.30pm in the winter period

Botanical school garden
Same opening times as the Jardin des Plantes

Alpine garden
Open from 1st April to 31 October

Iris and perennial plants garden
Open every day from 8.30am to 4.30pm during the week, closed at weekends

Rose and rock garden
Same opening times as the Jardin des Plantes

Peony garden
Same opening times as the Jardin des Plantes during the summer period (will re-open soon)


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.

Tickets and reservations for individual visitors and families on self-guided tours
Admission to the Jardin des Plantes for self-guided tours (without a guide) is completely free for all visitors and booking is not necessary.

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 the prices, download the Jardin des Plantes’s quarterly brochure at the bottom of the page.

Educational activities for groups
Guided tours and workshops are available for groups of physically handicapped visitors, by reservation. For further details, download the activity programme for disabled visitors at the bottom of the page.

Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on self-guided tours
Admission to the Jardin des Plantes for self-guided tours (without a guide) is completely free for all visitors and booking is not necessary.

Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on guided tours or for workshops
Reservation required – Reservations service – resamuseum@mnhn.fr

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

Contact

Jardin des Plantes general reception centre
+33(0)1 40 79 56 01
info-accessibilite@mnhn.fr