The Muséum’s sites

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, with its historical heart at the Jardin des Plantes, operates at 13 sites in Paris, Île-de-France and across France.

Sites du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle

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Galleries, gardens and zoo of the Jardin des Plantes

57 rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
+33 1 40 79 56 01 (10 am - 5 pm)
jardindesplantesdeparis.fr

A botanical garden with four centuries of scientific adventure, the Jardin des Plantes is the historical heart of the Museum. Every day, thousands of visitors, hundreds of researchers and students rub shoulders here, while the reserves house tens of millions of specimens from collections representing the diversity of nature. Unique and multi-faceted, this extraordinary place is at the same time a museum, a botanical and zoological garden, a research centre and a higher education establishment.

8 sites open to the public

Two venues also host free cultural programming

    • Verniquet amphitheatre;
    • Gallery of Evolution auditorium.

    Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Mankind)

    17 place du Trocadéro
    75016 Paris
    +33 1 44 05 72 72
    museedelhomme.fr

    Who are we? Where do we come from? What is the future of humanity? Since 1938, the Musée de l'Homme has devoted itself to deciphering human evolution, and also to bearing witness to the great diversity of societies. Now renovated, the museum tackles these three essential questions by using objects from the fabulous anthropology and prehistory collections. It also combines spaces for research, teaching and conferences... to remain faithful to the concept of "museum-laboratory" of the founder Paul Rivet.

    Parc zoologique de Paris (Zoological Park of Paris)

    53 avenue Saint-Maurice
    75012 Paris
    +33 1 44 75 20 00
    parczoologiquedeparis.fr

    Make way for the 21st century zoo! After a complete renovation, the Parc zoologique de Paris reopened its doors in April 2014. An ambassador for the Museum's scientific commitment, it combines discovery and education, as well as scientific research and species conservation.

    Patagonia, Sahel-Sudan, Europe, Guyana and Madagascar: a thousand animals are housed in five biozones evoking their natural habitat. The tour offers full immersion in the midst of varied species, favouring the visitor's disorientation and the well-being of the residents. A haven of nature at the gates of Paris, the Parc zoologique (Zoological Park) raises awareness among young and old alike of the fragility of biodiversity.

    Versailles-Chèvreloup arboretum

    30 route de Versailles
    78150 Roquencourt
    +33 1 39 55 53 80
    arboretumdeversailleschevreloup.fr

    A veritable living museum of trees, this 200-hectare park presents and preserves a considerable number of trees from all over the world: no less than 2,500 species and varieties! A welcoming walk for tree lovers, it is also a world of study and research for geneticists, biologists and physiologists, and provides a reference collection for botanists.

    Réserve zoologique de la Haute-Touche (Haute-Touche Zoological Reserve)

    36290 Obterre
    +33 2 54 02 20 40
    zoodelahautetouche.fr

    Wolves, lynxes, deer, baboons, antelopes, hyenas, cheetahs, tigers, lemurs... variety is the order of the day at the Haute-Touche Zoological Reserve! In all, more than 1,000 animals of 100 different species, from all five continents. Located in the middle of the forest, at the gateway to the Parc naturel de la Brenne (Brenne Nature Park), the reserve offers a beautiful walk for visitors, who can discover it by car, on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage.

    Behind the scenes, true to the Museum's vocation, it is involved in research and conservation activities, through the reproduction, breeding and reintroduction of threatened species, thanks to a state-of-the-art laboratory.

    Abri Pataud (Pataud Shelter)

    20 rue du Moyen-Âge
    24620 Les Eyzies
    +33 5 53 06 92 46

    Who carved the ibex on the cave’s vault 20,000 years ago? Located a few kilometres from the Lascaux cave, the Pataud Shelter was occupied by the first Homo sapiens - the Cro-Magnon men - and preserves the traces of some 15,000 years of prehistory.

    There is a dig site, and you can see the objects unearthed and the techniques used by archaeologists. In the storerooms, an international reference collection of two million items is kept.

    Harmas de Fabre (Fabre Museum)

    84830 Sérignan-du-Comtat
    +33 4 90 30 57 62
    harmasjeanhenrifabre.fr

    Jean-Henri Fabre, a great scholar born in 1823, is famous notably for his observations of insects and plants. He lived in this house for 36 years. The property, a farmhouse in the middle of a one hectare garden, was truly his "open-air laboratory". You can admire his precious collections - shells, fossils, minerals, herbariums, watercolours, books, prints and manuscripts - and some of his furniture. An immersion in the natural sciences of the 19th century.

    Jardin botanique Val Rahmeh-Menton (Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden)

    Avenue Saint-Jacques
    06500 Menton
    +33 4 93 35 86 72
    jardinbotaniquevalrahmehmenton.fr

    Created at the end of the 19th century and enriched over the decades with new species, this garden has become a renowned park, much appreciated by walkers and botany enthusiasts. It presents more than 1,700 subtropical and tropical plants from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania, as well as some rare plants. While its original and charming layout makes it an oasis of relaxation, it is also a place for the conservation of rare or endangered species and for research.

    Jardin alpin La Jaÿsinia

    74340 Samoëns
    +33 4 50 34 49 86

    This alpine botanical garden opened in 1906 and is located in the village of Samoëns in Haute-Savoie. Classified as a “Remarkable Garden of France”, it presents a collection of 4,800 plants from the mountainous and cold regions of the world. One and a half kilometres of bucolic and romantic walks in the heart of the Alps.

    Station marine de Concarneau (Concarneau Marine Station)

    Place de la Croix
    29900 Concarneau
    +33 2 98 50 81 64
    stationmarinedeconcarneau.fr

    Created in 1859, this is the oldest marine station in the world still in operation. Originally dedicated to the breeding of marine animals, it quickly became a very active scientific centre. Today, managed by the Museum, it develops research in the coastal and offshore marine areas of the Western Atlantic and Southern hemispheres. In the context of global change, research in functional and integrative ecology is also developed, as well as work on carbonate biomineralization, particularly on molluscs and echinoderms. Such integrative approaches make it possible to provide essential models for the management and conservation, not only of biodiversity, but also of ecosystems. A marinarium, open to the public, recounts the scientific adventure of the world of the sea. Its message? To know, understand and manage the sea... and respect it better.

    Sansan Paleosite

    Place de l'Église
    32260 Sansan
    +33 5 62 66 12 22

    Discovered in 1834 by Édouard Lartet, a lawyer who became a palaeontologist and then a professor at the Muséum, the Sansan paleosite is one of the three most famous world sites in the world. A 3 km palaeontological trail reveals the soul of the site with nine educational stations along the way. Visitors are invited to enjoy a truly sensitive and interactive experience, either on their own or with a guide.

    Centre for Research and Education on Coastal Systems (CRESCO)

    38 rue du Port Blanc
    BP70134
    35800 Dinard
    +33 2 23 18 58 90

    This marine station dates back to 1935. Recently transformed and renamed "CRESCO" (Centre de Recherche et d'Enseignement sur les Systèmes Côtiers), it offers a modern working space for researchers and students. This new scientific centre is the result of the collaboration between the Ifremer team in Saint-Malo and the Museum. Its objectives are research, observation, expertise and the dissemination of scientific culture on biodiversity and the sustainable management of coastal areas.

    Campus Muséum - Brunoy

    4 avenue du Petit-Château
    91800 Brunoy
    +33 1 60 47 92 04 / 92 05

    This research site, closed to the public, is home to teams specialising in forest ecology and the adaptive strategy of living organisms. Themes covered: functioning, evolution and regulatory mechanisms of tropical forest ecosystems and soil food webs.

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