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

  • 36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire Map It
  • Latin Quarter

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, Paris, Île-de-France, 75005, France

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Sight Details:

  • €9; €11 combined with Children's Gallery

Published 10/16/2017


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