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National Museum of Natural History

One day is not enough to discover all the treasures of the National Museum of Natural History, from the Jardin des Plantes to the Great Gallery of Evolution, including those dedicated to paleontology or mineralogy.

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57 Rue Cuvier
75005 Paris

Journey into the History of Species

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest in the world.

In the northern part of the Garden of Plants, the Great Gallery of Evolution promises a journey through space and time. Some 7,000 naturalized specimens show the evolution of life: after greeting Wheke, the giant squid (a unique specimen in the world), it will be time to admire the elephant driving the African caravan or to become familiar with the coral reefs and tropical forests. Everything is also planned for a family outing, thanks to the children's gallery, which 6-12 year olds can visit freely, or during nature workshops.

The understanding of the species also goes through the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology, which brings together 650 skeletons of vertebrates, including that of a whale 20 meters long! Space came from Martian meteorites and they are on display at the Gallery of Mineralogy and Zoology which presents one of the most prestigious and oldest collections in the world.