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Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Museum

This is part of the Natural History Museum in Paris located within the Jardin des Plantes and is a historical museum suitable for all ages that is located in a 19th century renovated building, which is handicap accessible as well.

About the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Museum

The Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle or MNHN for short, is the Natural History Museum of France and was first founded during the French Revolution in 1793, although the origins date back as far as the 1600s.

The particular section called the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is a just a part of the whole museum and this is housed within a very impressive building with a glass roof that dates from the 19th century.
And located within the Jardin des Plantes, which are the original Botanical Gardens in Paris that were first founded back in 1626, the Great Gallery of Evolution has seen many curators over the years as it has expanded.

However, it was closed for around thirty years due to the need for many improvements and restoration of both the building and the exhibits, and eventually after much needed work was completed, this museum in Paris reopened its doors in 1994.

The impressive staircases are historical monuments in their own right, and they were originally constructed to allow visitors to access different levels of the gallery within the Natural History Museum and were closed to the public for many years.  But now they are open again, and you will be able to discover statues at every step you take and with 27 busts of important naturalists for the museum, this is just one of the more factual highlights of the visit.

Another one of the improvements made to the Grande Galerie de l’Evotution was adding a new and technologically advanced sound and lighting system, which really brings the exhibits and themed areas to life.

For instance, under the nave you can discover the marine world including coral reefs with the sounds of water, etc and you can hear the cries and calls of many different animals, which adds to the whole experience.

And from elephants to tigers and monkeys to sharks there are so many impressive exhibits, not forgetting the view from the glass lift that goes past different birds all suspended as though they are flying.

Yet one of the main attractions and probably the most recognised is the centrepiece display within the nave of animals in a procession known as the African Savannah, plus there are many other themes such as the Amazon rain forest and more.

But another space called the Galerie des Enfants was also added in 2010, which has been designed specifically for families who have children ranging in age from around 6 to 12, where they can discover more about different environments through to the diversity of life on this planet and much of the area is practical where they can touch as well as ask questions, etc.

And you will also be able to discover the Espace Cafe de la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution on the first floor of this museum, which open from 10am through to 5pm, but is only accessible to those that have a ticket for the museum.  Yet it is an ideal place to stop for a drink or snack, while still being able to admire some of the exhibits on display within the impressive Grande Galerie de l’Evolutuion Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle.

Visiting the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Museum

As we have mentioned previously, the Natural History Museum of the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is located within the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens in the 5th Arrondissement close to the River Seine.

And as you will see, there are numerous other tourist attractions located here including a menagerie zoo, along with the garden itself, not forgetting those nearby and within a very short walk, such as the open air sculpture museum.

So being such a popular tourist attraction, there are numerous different means of public transport in Paris 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.  Yet the RER station serving line C is also located at the Gare d’Austerlitz train station.

Alternatively, you have the Batobus water bus shuttle service that has a stop very close by on the River Seine, and the bus numbers 24, 57, 61, 63, 89 and 91 will also get you near to the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, not forgetting you also have the bus tours in Paris such as the company called l’OpenTour.  But if you prefer more flexibility, then there are also Velib stations located close by for the self service bike rental system in the city along with several public car parks.

You will find that the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is open from 10am through to 6pm on a Monday and then on a Wednesday through to a Sunday, however, it is 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.

Yet if you wish to discover other areas of the Jardin des Plantes such as the Galeries d’Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie, then if you present your full price ticket from the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, you can get a reduction on the cost of entry to other attractions located here.

Group visits are also welcome and you can have a guided visit on a Saturday, however, these are only possible by reservations prior and by telephoning 08 26 10 42 00, which is a cost of €0.15 per minute for the call, yet if you are phoning from a mobile or abroad, then this cost may vary.

Related attractions in Jardin des Plantes

  -  Jardin des Plantes
  -  La Baleine restaurant
  -  Menagerie Parc Zoologique Historique de Paris
  -  Galeries d'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie
  -  Les Grandes Serres
  -  Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes
  -  The Grand Amphitheatre
  -  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

Grande Galerie de l’Evolution
36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
Place Valhubert
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 79 56 01 from 10am through to 5pm daily

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Place Valhubert
  -  River Seine
  -  Jardin Tino Rossi
  -  Pont d’Austerlitz bridge
  -  Pont Sully
  -  Square Barye

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