Have you ever seen a tiger or elephant from a distance of a few centimeters? Probably some lucky people had the opportunity in Africa or on safari (even in France there is a safari with wild animals running around your car). To see all the specimens of wild animals, to approach closely and look at the details without any risk is possible at the National Museum of Natural History in the French capital.
When visiting Paris, people go to tourist places that “must be snee” and spend the rest of the time enjoying the charms of the city. However, if you are a fan of animals, museums or simply want to go to a less touristy place, where you do not have to stand in a giant entrance queue, I recommend going to the Museum of Natural History.
One of the most child-friendly attractions in the city, but also having a great interest among adults. Located in the Botanical Garden, 15 minutes by foot from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the 19th century iron structure with a glass roof has been modernized and filled with natural models of stuffed animals.
The museum was inaugurated in 1889 as the Zoology Gallery, but it fell into ruin in the middle of 1900 and only at the end of the twentieth century a huge renovation was made , and the museum was reopened in 1994 as the Great Gallery of Evolution.
The building has 4 floors with different types of exhibitions. In the basement you can see temporary exhibitions, during my visit I had the opportunity to find out a lot of interesting facts about bears species. On the ground floor dominates the marine environment with whale skeletons and penguins. This is also the center of photos taken in various water environments – oceans, coral reefs or seas.
The first floor shows the diversity of the world. The second and third floors present evolution by models of wild animals, extinct or endangered species. The fourth storey focuses on the evolution and influence of man on nature (eg crocodile skin is used to make bags or shoes).
French history is intertwined with specimens in the museum. There is a rhino from the Versailles of Louis XV and an elephant who lived in the Paris Zoological Park from 1964 to 1997. There are hunting trophies of French scientists, explorers and adventurers, including the Duke of Orléans.
The central point is the parade of African nature, like the one removed from Noah’s Ark.
Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is located in a botanical garden, where the National Museum of Natural History has two other facilities: the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, and the Gallery of Paleontology and Anatomy with dinosaur skeletons. Another part is the Museum of Man located on the Trocadero, near the Eiffel Tower.
The Great Evolution Gallery is an educational place for children and an interesting point of visit for adults, located in the middle of the beautiful Paris Botanical Garden.
The museum also has a virtual reality office, but you have to buy tickets online for a specific time.
How to get there:
- metro line 7 lub 10 station Jussieu
- metro line 7 station Place Monge
- metro line 5 or 10 station Gare d’Austerlitz
- train Rer C station Gare d’Austerlitz
- normal 10€
- reduced 7€
36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
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