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Manège du Jardin des Plantes © MNHN - Marion Pouliquen Ensll
Manège du Jardin des Plantes © MNHN - Marion Pouliquen Ensll

Reception & services

The Jardin des Plantes (Garden of Plants) provides a range of services designed to make your visit practical and enjoyable.

Reception centres

There are two reception centres at the Jardin des Plantes:

  • the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Gallery of Evolution) 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.

Reception staff are also on hand to answer any questions you may have between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m daily.


Tel. +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01 / +33 (0)1 40 79 54 79 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Email: valhuber [@]


Manzili Restaurant - the ephemeral table of Mohamed Cheikh 
Open every day from 12 pm to 11 pm (until the beginning of october 2021)
47 rue Cuvier - Paris 5e
Reservations :

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution café
Open from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily (but closed on Tuesdays, 1 May, 25 December and 1 January)
On the first floor of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, entry with admission ticket only.
Fast food
36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire - Paris 5th arrondissement
+33 (0)1 40 79 39 43

The 3 fast food stands
Open 7 days a week during the normal opening times of the Jardin des Plantes
The "Otaries", "Ménagerie" and "Valhubert" fast food stands offer a range of snacks to take away (sandwiches, crêpes, drinks, etc.) or eat in.


Grande Galerie de l’Évolution shop
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
+33 (0)1 40 79 39 40

Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée (Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology Galleries) shop
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays
+33 (0)1 40 79 30 50

Lockers & Baby-changing table

Free lockers are available for visitors in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Galerie de Minéralogie (Mineralogy and Geology Gallery) et de Géologie and the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie comparée.

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 Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes, toilets.

Rest & picnic areas

Picnic tables are available for groups and individual visitors on the gare d’Austerlitz side, as well as in the Ménagerie. Two lawns are open to visitors, alongside the fencing (rue Buffon side) and the greenhouses. All other lawns are strictly out of bounds.

The lawns open to visitors are out of bounds during the winter.

Play areas

  • Play area near the Otaries fast food stand
  • The Manège du Dodo (merry-go-round)

Group bookings

Service des Réservations


CP 22 - 57 rue Cuvier
Paris 5th arrondissement
Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel. +33 (0) 1 40 79 36 00
Email: resamuseum [@]


Groups: Self-guided and guided tours as well as workshops led by a scientific mediator are available at the various sites throughout the Jardin des Plantes.

Advance booking required: for all guided tours and self-guided group tours in the Galeries and the Serres (Greenhouses).