How is the Jardin des Plantes connected to the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (National Museum of Natural History)?
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 and Inclusive Transition.
Within the Jardin des Plantes, there are 8 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 (Mineralogy and Geology Gallery), Galerie de Botanique (Botanical 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.
What is 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.
What is there to do at the Jardin des Plantes?
In addition to taking a stroll along the Garden’s paths, you can also visit:
- the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (including the Galerie des Enfants and the Cabinet de réalité virtuelle (Cabinet of Virtual Reality))
What activities are on offer?
To find out about the exhibitions, guided visits or any other activities on offer, please visit the calendar.
Where can we see skeletons of dinosaurs and large mammals?
To find out all about the diplodocus, triceratops, the mammoth and whales, visit the Galerie de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée which can be found at 2 rue Buffon.
Where can we look at stuffed animals?
To view the stuffed animal collections, visit the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, which can be found at 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire.
Where can we find red pandas, orangutans and pink flamingos?
These animals, along with many others, can be found at the Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes. A large number of activities are offered there, and there is also the opportunity to meet the keepers.
Where can I find practical information (Openning times, prices and access)?
To find out about our hours, prices and how to reach the Garden and the galleries, please visit the "Openning times, prices and access" page.
How can we make a group reservation?
You can find all the relevant information on the "Groups" page (in French).
Where can we find reception centres?
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 & services" page for more information.
Is there somewhere to eat at the Jardin des Plantes?
The Garden has several food outlets, as well as picnic and seating areas.
Visit the "Reception & services" page for more information.
When can I find lockers and tables for eating?
Free lockers are available for visitors in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy and Geology 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.
Why sponsor an animal from the Ménagerie?
By sponsoring animals at the Ménagerie, you are supporting the conservation of endangered species and are helping to fund the project dedicated to renovating their spaces.
For example, you can contribute to the orangutan enclosure extension project, which would allow Nénette, Théodora, Tamü, Banggi and Java to grow up in a space five times the size of their current one. Borneo orangutans have been classified as critically endangered by the IUCN since 2016.
Which species can be sponsored and how can I get involved?
Visit the "Sponsor a Ménagerie animal" page (in French) to find out about the process.