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Grande Galerie de l'Évolution : caravane africaine © MNHN – Agnès Iatzoura
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution : caravane africaine © MNHN – Agnès Iatzoura

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Gallery of Evolution)

Informations pratiques

There are no specific measures in place at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution to help guide visually-impaired visitors. The presence of a carer is recommended.

Two entrances can be used to access the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution:

  • via 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire:
    Please note the presence of a small step of less than 2 cm at the gate to the forecourt from the street. The pavement runs almost continuously up to this entrance from the Jussieu metro station, with just one street to cross: la rue Cuvier. The “Buffon - La Mosquée" bus stop is also very near this entrance.
  • via the Jardin des Plantes.

The entrance doors are heavy to open, but a security guard is always on hand inside to help you if need be (the doors have glass in them so the guard can see visitors outside). During very busy periods, priority entrance (indicated by a sign) to the right of the main entrance.

Numerous benches (without backs or armrests) are provided throughout the exhibition spaces.

Access to the upper floors is possible via stairs or lifts.

Please note:

  • the Grande Galerie is a very dimly-lit exhibition space.
  • Visitors are not allowed to touch exhibits or specimens (this is only possible as part of a guided tour with one of the museum’s guides). However, most of the time it is possible to get up close to the objects on display. Many of the objects are not behind glass.
  • The stairways are not yet fitted with stair nosing or tactile warning strips; they all have handrails;
  • the underneaths of the two stairways in the exhibition space, leading from the ground floor (marine environments) to the first floor (land environments) are not marked on the ground;
  • access to the temporary exhibition in the basement from the ground-floor is available using the reserved-access lift: ask at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution reception.

Activités

Individual visitors and families

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.

Please note: The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is a very dimly-lit exhibition space; Visitors on unaccompanied tours are not allowed to touch the objects and specimens (this is only possible as part of a guided tour with a guide from the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle who is trained and qualified to lead sensory tours). However, most of the time it is possible to get up close to the objects on display. Many of the objects are not behind glass.

Groups

Guided tours and guided sensory workshops, with a Museum guide who has been trained in disability awareness, are available for groups of visually-impaired visitors, subject to booking.

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