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Renovations

Renovation of the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy

Built for the 1900 Universal Exposition, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy is at the heart of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle’s historic and scientific heritage.

Despite considerable efforts to maintain the building, it is now threatened with closure and its renovation constitutes the next major work to be undertaken by the Muséum. The plan calls for preserving the unique atmosphere of the place while revising the scientific messages conveyed and adding innovative multimedia exhibits to bring the gallery into the twenty-first century.

Restoration of the Ménagerie’s cabin shelters

Built beginning in 1801, these thatched-roof shelters made of stone, brick or wood house numerous animal species at the Ménagerie, the zoo at the Jardin des Plantes, and are examples of unique skills and know-how. The choice of materials used at the time, colonization by vegetation and weather have all taken their toll on the constructions. Thirteen of them are now in a critical condition. Restoration is urgent and the Muséum is launching a programme to redo the thatched roofing, carpentry and masonry.

Extension of the Ménagerie’s primate house

Located in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, the Ménagerie is home to some 200 species, including orangutans, which in 2016 were listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. With the goal of preserving orangutans, and to ensure their well-being at the Ménagerie, the Muséum needs a new structure that would extend the current enclosure. The new enclosure, an outdoor “aviary” that would connect with the current monkey house, would give the orangutans plenty of volume in which to move about. This major operation towards the safeguard of orangutans is also an occasion to get a message across to young visitors about the need to respect and protect biodiversity. It is all the more important in that the Ménagerie’s apes are also the ambassadors of their cause in Africa, particularly in Uganda, where a Muséum team follows a group of chimpanzees daily. To carry out this ambitious project for the protection of great apes at the Ménagerie and in Uganda, the Muséum is organizing a gala dinner in conjunction with the Foundation for Nature and Mankind on 20 November 2018 at the Gallery of Evolution in Paris. An auction on the night of the event will give all benefactors an opportunity to get involved.

Renovation and development of the villa at the Exotic Gardens of Menton

In the warmth of this famous Riviera resort town, Val Rahmeh—named after the wife of one of the former owners—is home to as many as 1,500 plant species. With the plants rigorously identified and organized by microclimate, it’s as easy as it is enchanting to stroll from tropical rain or dry forest to Mediterranean climes. Exploration of the gardens wouldn’t be the same without their core architectural feature, the Villa. With its exhibition rooms, library and boutique, it welcomes visitors to the gardens and provides conference and exhibition spaces. It has become urgent, however, to consolidate it and bring it into regulatory compliance, and the planning permission allows for its transformation into an exceptional site for environmental education.

Enhancement of Marinarium at the Concarneau Marine Station

Built in 1859, the Concarneau Marine Station is the world’s oldest marine station in activity. A hub of marine biology research, the station is also, thanks to Marinarium, a centre for knowledge dissemination. Renovated in 2002, Marinarium needs to be brought up to date with scientific, technological and museological advances: a reorganization of the visitor path with the addition of interactive exhibits would allow visitors to become proactive players in the conversation of biodiversity.


Exhibitions

Alimentation (Eating) at the Musée de l’Homme, October 2019 – May 2020

Eating, a biological function that is essential to the survival of individuals and the species, is also an essential social function involving norms, prohibitions, rituals, values, symbols and myths. Through an exploration of the ethnological collections at the Musée de l’Homme, the exhibition will show how eating is more than a means of acquiring the energy we need to live, it also contributes to shaping our identities, symbolic systems and social organization.

Aux frontières de l’humain (Human frontiers) au Musée de l’Homme, October 2020 – January 2022

This exhibition explores the shape of human identity from our origins (since when are humans human?) to an imagined future (at what point will humans cease to be human?). In the course of our exploration, our encounters with hybrid, repaired or augmented humans gives cause for thought about the frontier between nature and culture and on the physiological or ethical limits to such a transhumanist evolution. To illustrate these issues, the exhibition draws on sports, artistic creation, medicine and ethnology.


Events

Creation of a “China Trail” in the Jardin des Plantes

As part of the “2018 EU-China Tourism Year” the Muséum wishes to showcase its exceptional Chinese collections: some 14,325 species were collected in the twentieth century thanks to the missions of Father Armand David (known as Père David), for whom 2019 marks the death bicentennial. The celebrations will revolve around the creation of a panda space in the Gallery of Evolution, the discovery of indigenous plants in the garden (Clematis armandii, handkerchief tree, etc.) and animals from China at the Ménagerie (North Chinese leopard, Père David deer).

The 2019 Tour de France of Biodiversity

The Muséum is teaming up with the Tour de France bicycle race and France Télévisions to showcase France’s natural heritage. Raising public awareness about natural heritage is the name of the game for the Muséum. The campaign will take the form of 21 televised promos timed according to the 21 stages of the race. The Tour de France of Biodiversity aims to raise television viewer awareness about the country’s wealth of plants and animals and the need to protect and respect this natural heritage. The promos are produced by Gédéon Programmes and broadcast on France Télévisions during the Tour de France race. The content will be validated by France’s Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel (National Natural Heritage Inventory).

Watch previous Tour de France of Biodiversity videos.

2019 Nature Festival

Every May since 2011, the Muséum has contributed to the weekend Fête de la Nature by organizing a Nature Village. The Village brings together roughly twenty partners, both institutions and associations, who work with the staff at the Jardin des Plantes to offer guided tours, a science bar, land art performances and the Pousse-Pousse film screenings for children, drawing as many as 10,000 visitors. We are seeking financing in order to continue this flagship commitment to biodiversity.

Hit the road with the Mobile Museum!

The Musée Mobile was born of a desire to raise awareness about biodiversity and geodiversity among a broader swath of public. With this first application of the mobile museum concept to natural history, people who do not usually go to museums get a chance to overcome possible geographic or psychological barriers. Research news will be presented using innovative exhibits and the design of the van that will weave its way through France will combine eco-responsibility, flexibility, interactivity and aesthetics.


Research

The Planet Revisited expeditions

Since 2006, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and the NGO Pro-Natura International have combined their respective competencies and expertise in the service of a major programme of naturalist expeditions baptized “The Planet Revisited”. During these expeditions, teams of scientists inventory plant and animal species, both terrestrial and marine, in one of the zones considered “hotspots” of biodiversity.

The Vigie-Nature École school programme

Vigie-Nature École, a version of the Vigie-Nature (nature-watch) programme specifically developed for school children, reconnects pupils with nature. Using observation protocols, children discover the biodiversity all around them that they may never have noticed before. It is also an opportunity for teachers to participate in a research programme using totally scientific methodology.


Musée de l'Homme

A veritable agora, teams of research scientists at the Musée de l’Homme meet visitors amidst objects from historic collections and exhibits at the cutting edge of technology. In an innovative approach, the museum brings together school children and students, families, experts, researchers, interpretive staff, enlightened amateurs and scientists in the making.

By supporting the Musée de l’Homme, you demonstrate your commitment to developing knowledge about the history of humankind and the relationship between societies and the environment, now and in the future, and you accompany in the long term the life of a museum dear to the public and the custodian of priceless collections, housed in a prestigious building.


Paris Zoological Park

In keeping with the missions of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, which has been dedicated to the study and preservation of nature for the past 400 years, the Paris Zoological Park presents the diversity of life on our planet right in the heart of the city. By choosing to support the Paris Zoological Park, your company becomes a part of an ambitious project on one of the major issues of our time.