The historic heart of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle lies at the Jardin des Plantes, but nowadays it is spread over 12 sites in Paris, in Île-de-France and in the regions.
The sites of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Jardin des Plantes (Garden of Plants)
57, rue Cuvier
01 40 79 56 01 / 54 79 (reception)
A botanical garden packed with four centuries of scientific adventures, the Jardin des Plantes is the historic heart of the Muséum. Every day, thousands of visitors and hundreds of researchers and students rub shoulders with each other, while the reserve collections harbour tens of millions of specimens representing Nature’s diversity. Singly and as a whole, this extraordinary place is a Muséum, botanical garden, zoo, research centre and higher education institution all rolled into one.
Eight places are open for the public to visit:
- Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Gallery of Evolution)
- Galerie des Enfants (Children’s Gallery)
- Cabinet de Réalité virtuelle (Cabinet of Virtual reality)
- Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée (Paleontology and comparative Anatomy Gallery)
- Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie (Mineralogy and Geology Gallery)
- Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes (Greenhouses)
- Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes
Two venues also host a free cultural programme:
- Amphithéâtre Verniquet
- Grande Galerie de l’Évolution Auditorium
Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Mankind)
Who are we? Where do we come from? What is the future of mankind? Since 1938, the Musée de l’Homme has been devoted to understanding the evolution of Man, as well as demonstrating the wide range of societies. Now renovated, the Muséum addresses these three key questions using objects from fabulous anthropological and prehistory collections. It also has places for research, teaching, lectures and so on, to remain true to the "laboratory-Muséum" concept of its founder, Paul Rivet.
Parc Zoologique de Paris (Zoological Park of Paris)
Make way for the 21st century zoo! After being totally renovated, the Parc Zoologique de Paris opened its doors once again in April 2014. The Muséum’s ambassador for scientific commitment, it reconciles discovery and education, as well as scientific research and the conservation of species.
A thousand animals are accommodated in five biozones representing their natural habitat: Patagonia, Sahel-Sudan, Europe, Guyana and Madagascar. The trail truly immerses visitors in the environment of a variety of species, with the emphasis on the visitor having a change of scenery and the well-being of the residents. A haven of nature on the doorstep of Paris, the Parc Zoologique makes visitors young and old aware of how fragile biodiversity is.
Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup (Versailles-Chèvreloup Arboretum)
30, route de Versailles
01 39 55 53 80
A genuine living tree Muséum, this 200-hectare park displays and preserves a vast number of trees from all over the world - there are no fewer than 2,500 species and varieties! As well as being somewhere enjoyable for tree lovers to go for a stroll, it is also a realm of study and research for geneticists, biologists and physiologists, and provides a reference collection for botanists.
Réserve zoologique de la Haute-Touche (Haute-Touche Animal Reserve)
02 54 02 20 40
Wolves, lynx, stags, baboons, antelopes, hyenas, cheetahs, tigers, lemurs… variety reigns supreme at the Réserve zoologique de Haute-Touche! In all, there are over 1,000 animals from 100 different species from five continents. Situated in the heart of the forest, on the doorstep of the Brenne Regional Nature Park, the reserve is a beautiful place for visitors to explore, either in their car, on foot, by bike or in a horse-drawn carriage.
Behind the scenes, true to the Muséum’s role, it is actively involved in research and conservation through the breeding, rearing and reintroduction of endangered species, thanks to a state-of-the-art laboratory.
Abri Pataud (Pataud shelter)
20, rue du Moyen-Âge
24620 Les Eyzies
05 53 06 92 46
Who carved the ibex on the cave ceiling 20,000 years ago? Situated a few kilometres away from the Lascaux Caves, the Abri Pataud was occupied by the first Homo sapiens – Cro-Magnon man – and still has traces of some 15,000 years of prehistory.
An excavation site, uncovered artefacts and the archeologists’ techniques can all be discovered here. An international reference collection of two million items is kept in the reserve collections.
Harmas Jean-Henri Fabre (Jean-Henri Fabre Muséum)
04 90 30 57 62
Jean-Henri Fabre, a great scientist born in 1823, was a keen naturalist who was especially famous for his observations of insects and plants. He lived in this house for 36 years. The property, a Provence farmhouse surrounded by a hectare of land, was indeed his "open-air laboratory". His valuable collections of shells, fossils, minerals, herbariums, watercolours, books, prints and manuscripts are all on display here, as well as part of his movable heritage. Total immersion in 19th century natural science.
Jardin botanique Val Rahmeh-Menton (Botanical Garden Val Rahmeh-Menton)
04 93 35 86 72
Created in the late 19th century and enriched over the decades with new species, this garden has become a renowned park, much appreciated by keen botanists. Over 3,000 subtropical and tropical plants are on display there, from Africa, Asia, America and the South Sea Islands, as well as a few rare plants. Although its charmingly original layout makes it an oasis of calm, it is also a place for the conservation of rare or endangered species and for research.
Jardin alpin La Jaÿsinia ("La Jaÿsinia" alpine garden)
04 50 34 49 86
This alpine botanical garden opened in 1906 and is situated in the village of Samoëns in Upper Savoy. Listed as a Remarkable Garden of France, it displays a collection of 4,800 plants from the world’s cold, mountainous regions. A romantic, rural one and a half kilometre walk in the heart of the Alps.
Concarneau marine biology station and Marinarium
Place de la Croix
02 98 50 81 64
This marine station was created in 1859 and is the oldest one in the world still in operation. It was originally designed for breeding marine animals, but soon became a very active scientific centre. Today it is run by the Muséum in conjunction with the Collège de France and it carries out research on enzymes and hormones in marine organisms in particular. The public can visit a marinarium which tells the scientific journey of the sea world. Its message? To learn about, understand and manage the sea… to deepen our respect for it.
CRESCO - Coastal Systems Research and Teaching Centre
38, rue du Port Blanc
02 23 18 58 90
This marine station dates from 1935. Recently renovated and renamed "CRESCO" (Centre de Recherche et d’Enseignement sur les Systèmes Côtiers), it provides researchers and students with a modern working environment. This new scientific centre is the result of the collaboration between the Ifremer team in Saint-Malo and the Muséum’s team. Its aims are research, observation, expertise and the dissemination of scientific culture regarding the biodiversity and sustainable development of coastal areas.
Brunoy General Ecology Centre
4, avenue du Petit-Château
01 60 47 92 04 / 92 05
This research facility is closed to the public and hosts teams specialising in forest ecology and adaptive strategies in living organisms. The topics addressed include the functioning, evolution and regulating mechanisms of tropical forest ecosystems and soil food webs.