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Galerie de Paléontologie © MNHN – Agnès Iatzoura
Galerie de Paléontologie © MNHN – Agnès Iatzoura

Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée (Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy Gallery)

Practical information

There are no specific measures in place at the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée to help guide visually-impaired visitors. The presence of a carer is recommended.

Please note: there are a lot of steps in the building.

During the day, natural light floods through the windows making it easier for visually-impaired visitors to enjoy the displays and read the panels and labels.

There is little seating in the exhibition spaces.

The upper floors can only be reached by the stairs.

Please note:

  • It is not possible to touch exhibits and specimens but it is possible to get relatively close to most of the exhibits. Some exhibits are not behind glass.
  • The stairs are not yet fitted with stair nosings or tactile warning strips. The large monumental stairway to the upper floor is fitted with traditional-style handrail.
  • Many of the labels are old labels that the visually impaired will find hard to read. They are intended to add to the “spirit of the place”.

Activités

Individual visitors and families

No specific guided tours (sensory tours) offered at this site.

Some “open to all” activities aimed at families and individual visitors do involve a sensory element, making the activity in question accessible to visually-impaired visitors.

To find out about the activities on offer, consult the calendar.

Free admission for visitors with disabilities on self-guided tours (without a guide) (without a guide), as well as for their carer, upon presentation of appropriate ID (disability or priority card). Any additional carers must purchase a ticket at the applicable price. No booking required for unguided visits.

Groups

No specific tours (sensory tours) offered at this site.

Please note: It is not possible to touch exhibits and specimens but it is possible to get relatively close to many of the exhibits.

To find out more, download the activity programme for groups of visitors with disabilities.