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Grande Galerie de l'Évolution (Great Hall of Evolution)

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution (Great Hall of Evolution) Review

With a parade of taxidermied animals ranging from the tiniest dung beetle to the tallest giraffe, this four-story natural history museum in the Jardin des Plantes will perk up otherwise museum-weary kids. The flagship of three natural-history museums in the garden, this restored 1889 building has a ceiling that changes color to suggest storms, twilight, or the hot savanna sun. Other must-sees are the gigantic skeleton of a blue whale and the stuffed royal rhino (he came from the menagerie at Versailles, where he was a pet of Louis XV). Kids 6 to 12 will enjoy La Galerie d'Enfants (The Children's Gallery): opened in 2010, it has bilingual interactive exhibits about the natural world. A lab stocked with microscopes often offers free workshops, and most of the staff speaks some English. Hang on to your ticket; it will get you a discount at the other museums within the Jardin des Plantes.

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  • Address: 36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, Latin Quarter, Paris, 75005 | Map It
  • Phone: /01–40–79–54–79
  • Cost: €7
  • Hours: Wed.–Mon. 10–6; closed Tues.
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  • Subway: Pl. Monge, Jussieu
  • Location: The Latin Quarter
Updated: 02-19-2014

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