This natural history museum was established in 1793, under the supervision of two celebrated naturalists, George Louis Lerclerc, Count of Buffon, and Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton. Originally (and still) an academic research institution, this temple to the natural sciences contains a series of separate museums, each with a different specialty. The biggest draw is the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, where a sort of Noah’s ark of animals snakes its way around a huge hall filled with displays that trace the evolution of life and man’s relationship with nature. Another intriguing hall, the Galerie de Minérologie et de Géologie, includes a room full of giant crystals, and another with eye-popping precious stones from the Royal Treasury, as well as various minerals and even meteorites. For dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, ancient humans, and thousands of other fossilized skeletons, repair to the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée. The Muséum’s Galerie des Enfants (children’s gallery) offers hands-on interactive displays for little tykes. Except for the Grande Galerie, which has a joint ticket deal with the Galerie des Enfants, you’ll have to pay for each Galerie separately.
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
36 rue Geoffrey, 5th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood Latin Quarter (5th & 13th Arrondissements) Hours Wed–Mon 10am–6pm Transportation Métro: Jussieu or Gare d’Austerlitz Phone 01-40-79-54-79 Prices Admission to each galerie 7€–13€ adults, free for visitors 26 and under Web site Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Map36 rue Geoffrey, 5th arrond. Paris
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