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
The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes is 80% accessible to wheelchair users, but a companion is recommended for the following reasons:
- Pathway is uneven in places
- Gentle slope more than 4% for a few metres at one spot in the Ménagerie which does not interrupt the trail (second pathway available)
- Adapted toilets, but only in the "Gentlemens" toilets and certain details do not comply
- The ramp up to the nursery is accessible, but does not comply
- Some areas are not accessible to wheelchair users as there are a few steps at the entrance: The Big Cat House (but the animals can be seen from the outside from an accessible pathway), the Vivarium and the Reptile Gallery.
- A tour of the Ménagerie is not recommended for wheelchair users who are physically frail when travelling on uneven pathways (there are a few bumps and holes in places).
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 email@example.com
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).
- Most accessible entrances (same level for the entire pathway): at the Place Valhubert or 2, rue Buffon.
- 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% and a pathway which is very wide but with a slight camber. This entrance is also close to the second entrance at the Ménagerie (the one located by the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes) which is not recommended for wheelchair users (entrance which opens onto a gentle slope of more than 4%).
The reception and cash desk is immediately on your right as you come in.
Please note: the height of the reception and cash desk does not comply with standards.
The Ménagerie toilets are adapted, but only in the "Gentlemens" toilets and certain details do not comply.
For accessible toilets which are up to standard, please go to:
- In the Jardin des Plantes: the toilet cubicles at the main entrance to the Ménagerie (download map of the Jardin at the bottom of the page).
- 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 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.
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.
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 available for everyone vary depend 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 are available for groups of physically handicapped visitors, by reservation. Activity themes and useful information can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.
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 ticket booth.
Tickets and reservations for pre-arranged groups on guided tours or for workshops
Reservation required – Reservations service – firstname.lastname@example.org
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)