Grand Amphitheatre du Museum in Paris
Classed as a museum and a historical monument in Paris, this amphitheatre was constructed in the 1700s, and although it has been renovated and modernised with the latest technologies to continue providing lectures, discussions and shows, it still retains the original architectural features that you can discover while you are within the botanical gardens of the Jardin des Plantes.
About the Grand Amphitheatre du Museum
The Grand Amphitheatre was originally designed by the Edme Verniquet and constructed during the 1780s, with additional architectural aspects by Jacques Molinos that were implemented in the 1790s.
This unique building was designed to provide prestigious educational and scientific talks and training of the time, and led to many great discoveries in the world of chemistry and other sciences that were related to the museums and royal gardens, which are now known as the Jardin des Plantes.
The Grand Amphitheatre du Museum has now been classified as one of the historical monuments in Paris, and it was fully renovated in 2003 to provide a more confortable setting for lectures and debates, with the latest technologies available including a large screen, translation booths, etc.
But with its architecture, it is also classed as one of the museums in Paris with a prestigious character and rich history, yet still provides a full program of seminars, lectures, shows and much more, most of which are orientated towards those studying in different scientific areas such as biology, geology, zoology, etc.
Visiting the Grand Amphitheatre du Museum in Paris
With a full name of Grand Amphitheatre du Museum - Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, this is located within the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th Arrondissement and although the address is Rue Cuvier, the nearest access is via 40 Rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire.
You will find there are a wide variety of different seminars, lectures and debates organised along with shows based on scientific themes, and even though they are conducted in French, as we mentioned earlier, there are some translation booths for those of you that do not speak fluent French.
A lot of the different lectures, etc are completely free to attend, but they do vary in times and you would need to look at the agenda on the website or get in touch with the museum to find out about the upcoming events, but some are far more popular than others, and we would like to point out that the Grand Amphitheatre only has a maximum capacity of 315 people.
Now when it comes to getting here via public transport in Paris, you will find that the bus numbers 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91 will get you close by to the Jardin des Plantes and its museums like the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, as will the Batobus water bus.
Alternatively, you have the Gare d’Austerlitz train station serving line C of the RER and line 5 of the Metro, plus the Censier Daubenton stop serves line 7 of the Metro and the Jussieu stop serves line 10.
Related attractions in Jardin des Plantes
- Jardin des Plantes
- La Baleine restaurant
- Menagerie Zoo Historique de Paris
- The Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Museum
- Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie
- Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes
- Les Grandes Serres
- Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie
Related photo images
- Photos of Jardin des Plantes
- Photos of Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie
Address and Contact Details
Grand Amphitheatre du Museum
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Jardin des Plantes
57 Rue Cuvier
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 79 56 01
Tourist attractions close by
- Place Valhubert
- River Seine
- Gare d’Austerlitz
- Jardin Tino Rossi
- Musee de la Sculpture en Plein Air
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