Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie in Jardin des Plantes
The Galeries of Comparable Anatomy and Palaeontology are a museum linked with the Natural History Museum in Paris, which is located within the Jardin des Plantes and from dinosaur skeletons to plant fossils, there is so much to discover.
About the Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie
The Galeries of Comparative Anatomy and Palaeontology were created by Georges Pouchet who was a Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Albert Gaudry who was a Professor of Paleontolgy, as they both wished to preserve a wide variety of specimens and then be able to present these to the public.
The collections themselves derived from numerous expeditions by naturalists, mainly from the 18th century and 19th century, yet also included animal skeletons from the Menagerie Zoo within the Jardin des Plants, plus the famous piece being the skeleton of a rhinoceros that had belonged to King Louis XV.
The Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie were housed in a building that was designed by the architect Ferdinand Dutert, which is made of red brick, glass and steel, and this was opened in 1898 in readiness for the 1900 World Fair in Paris.
And located within the Jardin des Plantes, this is part of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle where you can also discover the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution in a completely separate building, yet at the same location.
You will find that one floor is purely dedicated to Comparative Anatomy, whereas the upper floor is dedicated to Palaeontology and there is one gallery decorated with numerous sculptures that is almost 80 metres in length, plus there is a mezzanine on the top level around the gallery.
So here, within this incredible museum in Paris you will be able to discover fossils dating back as far as 500 plus million years ago, the age of dinosaurs with some incredible skeletons, a giant crocodile with its enormous and scary looking teeth, along with a whale specimen that measures over 20 metres long.
You could discover numerous skeletons from speciies of animals that are now extinct or exceedingly rare along with a wide variety of different species from fish to reptiles and mammals to birds.
Plus on the mezzanine level, which was refurbished in 2013, a part of this area is now dedicated to plant fossils, so as you can tell, the Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie is a great museum for all the family to visit and learn more about past living creatures or those you would still recognise today.
Visiting the Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie in Paris
We have already mentioned that the Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie is a part of the Natural History Museum located within the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens, and this is situated in the 5th Arrondissement close to the River Seine.
But as well as the Comparable Anatomy and Palaeontology galleries there are numerous other tourist attractions in Paris located right here including a menagerie zoo, not forgetting those nearby and within a very short walk.
You will find that the Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie is open from 10am through to 5pm on a Monday and on a Wednesday through to a Sunday, however, it is always closed on a Tuesday and on certain other National French holidays such as 1st May. Plus we would like to point out that latest time you can purchase a ticket is 45 minutes before closing time.
And as of 2014, the cost is €7, but it is free for those that are disabled and for certain people such as students under the age of 26, etc, yet this is only applicable upon providing proof of eligibility.
However, if you wish to discover other areas of the Jardin des Plantes such as the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, then if you present your full price ticket from this museum, you can get a reduction on the cost of entry to other attractions located here.
Now when it comes to getting here via public transport in Paris, being such a popular tourist attraction, there are numerous different ways that will get you close by, and the nearest Metro stations are the Gare d’Austerlitz stop via line 5, the Censier Daubenton stop via line 7 or the Jussieu stop via line 10. However the RER station serving line C is also located at the Gare d’Austerlitz train station, but on the opposite bank you have the Gare de Lyon train station as well.
Alternatively, you have the Batobus, which is the water bus shuttle service that has a stop very close by on the River Seine, plus the bus numbers 24, 57, 61, 63, 89 and 91 will also get you near to this museum.
You also have the bus tours in Paris such as the company called l’OpenTour, yet if you are fit enough and enjoy cycling, then the Velib self service bike rental in Paris could be a good option, and there are a couple of bike stations right nearby.
Related attractions in Jardin des Plantes
- Jardin des Plantes
- La Baleine restaurant
- Menagerie Parc Zoologique Historique de Paris
- Grande Galerie de l’Evolution
- Les Grandes Serres
- Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes
- The Grand Amphitheatre
- Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie
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Address and Contact Details
Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie
Jardin des Plantes
2 Rue Buffon
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 79 56 01 or +33 (0) 1 40 79 54 79 from 10am through to 6pm daily
Tourist attractions close by
- Place Valhubert
- River Seine
- Jardin Tino Rossi
- Pont d’Austerlitz bridge
- Pont Sully
- Square Barye
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