This natural-history museum was established in 1793 under the supervision of two celebrated naturalists, the Count of Buffon and Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton. This temple to the natural sciences contains a series of separate museums, each with a different specialty. The biggest draw is no doubt 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 to nature. Another interesting hall, the Galerie de Minérologie et de Geologies, includes a room full of giant crystals. For dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, ancient humans, and thousands of fossilized skeletons, repair to the Galeries de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée. A new Galerie des Enfants has hands-on interactive displays for the little tykes.
- Margie Rynn