Our collection groups

Rocks and minerals, stuffed animals and naturalised plants, fossils and living creatures, prehistoric, anthropological and ethnological objects make up the naturalist collections. A total of 68 million specimens are stored and assembled in collections, which are themselves gathered into groups. Accompanied by document, archive and art collections, these collections represent around 100 years’ worth of natural history knowledge.

The MNHN’s biological anthropology collections are among the world’s most diverse and as such they constitute a unique resource...

The botanical collections gather 2,000,000 herbaria from cryptogams (various fungi, algae, bryophytes, etc.) and over 6,000,000...

The MNHN’s cultural anthropology collections focus on the interrelationship between human societies and their environment with a...

This is one of the fastest-growing groups each year thanks to the many oceanographic campaigns. It contains a large number of...

Geology is the science that aims to describe the composition, structure, origin of rocks, the history and evolution of the...

Palaeontology is the study of life in the past through the fossilised beings and organisms that existed during geological times...

Prehistory is a discipline devoted to the study of the material vestiges of human societies, for 3 million years and up to a few...

Arthropods are segmented animals possessing an external, articulated skeleton. It is the most diversified group of animals. The...

Vertebrates are animals possessing an internal skeleton made of bone or cartilage that protects the central nervous system. The...

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