In this section, you can find out about all the activities of the Society of Friends of the Muséum and the Jardin des Plantes.


Activities of the Society of Friends of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and the Jardin des Plantes.

Starting in 1932 with the provisional running of the "little park" for the Paris Colonial Exposition, which would become the Parc zoologique de Vincennes two years later…

More recently:

- renovation of the Buffon statue,

- provision of assistance to the laboratories,

- granting subsidies for:

  • buying handwritten correspondence between Mr de Buffon and Mrs Necker for the Muséum’s Bibliothèque centrale,
  • updating the equipment at the Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes,
  • various exhibitions and events,
  • buying collections, specialist works, etc.

Objects and documents acquired with the financial support of the Society of Friends of the Muséum

Download the catalogue at the bottom of the page. The print version of this catalogue is available on the premises at a price of 2 euros.

A paperweight medallion was created by Armel Quillivic to mark the centenary of the Association of Friends of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and the Jardin des Plantes.
Members have the opportunity to buy this souvenir at a price of 30 euros.

An 80-page publication entitled 1907-2007 Les Amis du Muséum tells the story of the Society of Friends of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle since its foundation. It is available at the Friends of the Muséum secretarial office at a price of 9 euros.

The Society of Friends of the Muséum has provided financial support to the publication of "l’Histoire naturelle des courges d’Antoine-Nicolas Duchesne" by Harry S. Paris, by the Muséum’s Scientific Publications as part of the "Des planches et des mots" collection.

The book has a bilingual version (English/French) of Duchesne’s previously unpublished text, accompanied by a contemporary scientific commentary. It features reproductions of the 258 plates (in watercolour, gouache, charcoal and pencil) depicting gourds belonging to the Cucurbita genus, drawn by Duchesne at the end of the 18th century. Its exceptional format (320 mm x 440 mm) as well as the quality of paper used (natural 150 g acid-free Gardapat) faithfully recreate the beauty of the original plates.

This superb book is of outstanding historical and scientific interest and is written by Dr Harry S. Paris, a cucurbit specialist.

We know that the gourd has long enjoyed a poetic, fantastical and even erotic image, which explains the complex reality of this plant. It is currently highly rated among "hip" circles for its gastronomic quality and wide variety of flavours.
This lavish edition of Harry Paris’ book is available to Members of the Society of Friends of the Muséum at a special price of 83.85 euros incl. tax, instead of 129 euros.

The pond restoration project on the Esplanade Milne-Edwards in the Jardin des Plantes. Download the information brochure at the bottom of the page.