Frequently asked questions
Find all the answers to your questions.
There are no combined tickets or tickets valid for all the sites in the Jardin des Plantes, but we do offer annual passes that will give you access to several sites in Paris. We also have a "Tribe" offer valid for 2 adults and 2 children, as well as a "Discovery" offer which allows you to visit another site at a reduced rate within 3 months, with a full-price ticket.
Find out all about our offer in the "Plan your visit" section.
You must book your visit. You'll find all the information you need on the "Groups" page.
We advise you to come by public transport, as the Jardin des Plantes is served by several metros and buses.
Getting here by bus
Lines 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89, 91
Stop Jardin des Plantes
By metro or RER
Line 5 Gare d'Austerlitz, Line 7 Censier Daubenton, Line 10 Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz, RER C Gare d'Austerlitz
Getting here by train
Gare d'Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon
Reception & services
There are two reception centres at the Jardin des Plantes:
- the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution hall,
- the reception centre on the Seine and Gare d’Austerlitz side in the Garden (Place Valhubert).
You will find all the information you need to visit the Garden and the various sites: galleries, greenhouses, ménagerie, etc…
Please visit the "Reception, shops & services" page for more information.
Free lockers are available for visitors in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Geology and Mineralogy Gallery and the Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology Galleries.
A baby-changing table is available in the toilets on the ground floor and 1st floor of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution and in the toilets at the Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes.
Visits & activities
In addition to taking a stroll along the Garden’s paths, you can also visit:
- the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (including the Cabinet de réalité virtuelle (Cabinet of Virtual Reality))
- the Galerie de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée (Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology Gallery)
- the Geology and Mineralogy Gallery
- the Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes
- the Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes
These areas are accessible after purchasing a ticket at the cash desk or online at our ticket office. The paths of the Jardin des Plantes and its various gardens are free to enter.
Orangutans, pink flamingos, Przewalski's horses, tree kangaroos... these and many other animals can be found at the Menagerie. Many activities are organised there, including meetings with the keepers.
To find out more, see the "Animals" section.
The Jardin des Plantes
You are already at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle when you enter the Jardin des Plantes. The Jardin des Plantes is not a garden of the city of Paris, it is a botanical garden that forms the historic heart of the Museum.
The origins of the Jardin des Plantes can be traced back to 1636, when Louis XIII made the decision to create the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants. It was a place for taking walks, but it was also a place for studying and observing nature. Since 1793, it has been managed by the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, which today dedicates itself to carrying out scientific research on the natural world.
Please visit the "History of the Jardin des Plantes" page to find out more.
The Museum comprises 13 sites throughout France - 11 of which are open to the public - including the Jardin des Plantes, Zoological Park of Paris and the Musée de l'Homme (Museum of Mankind) in Paris. It is jointly supervised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.
Within the Jardin des Plantes, there are 6 venues that are open to the public: the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Gallery of Evolution), Galerie des Enfants (Children's Gallery), Galeries d’Anatomie comparée et de Paléontologie (Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology Galleries), Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie (Geology and Mineralogy Gallery), the Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes and the Ménagerie (the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes).
Two venues also host a free cultural programme: the Museum’s Grand Lecture Hall [Amphithéâtre Verniquet] and the Gallery of Evolution auditorium.
If you would like to find out more about the Museum (its history, its work, its sites, etc.), you can visit its website: www.mnhn.fr.
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