Located inside the French National Natural History Museum, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Compared Anatomy is a journey into the world of living creatures and their evolution. It offers the spectacle of skeletons of now-extinct species, including dinosaurs!

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Galerie de paléontologie


This somewhat-removed place inside the French National Natural History Museum is full of bones and organs: it's the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy and Palaeontology. You can see 650 skeletons of vertebrates and invertebrates, including a 20-metre long rorqual! Kept in a magnificent red brick building dating to the end of the 19th century, the collections in this gallery, the only one of its kind in the world, invite visitors to travel back 540 million years to learn about common, rare, and even extinct species. The youngest visitors will be thrilled to discover the fossils and skeletons of Diplodocus, Triceratops, and other dinosaurs. 


The main gallery has a mezzanine devoted to invertebrates and plant fossils. This site offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to discover the evolution of the world and the living beings who have inhabited it for the past 250 million years. It's also a chance to learn more about the science of comparative anatomy and palaeontology, which makes it possible to understand the adaptation of different species to their environment, and ultimately to understand how humans, animals, and plants can live on the earth, underwater, and in the air.

Visit the Gallery of Palaeontology website (nouvelle fenêtre)
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2, rue Buffon - 75005 Paris

Opening Hours 

In winter, the gallery is open every day except Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open April to September 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Closed 1 May.
* Subject to change

Getting There 

  • Take the RER B to Paris-Austerlitz station.
  • You can also take Metro lines 5 and 10 to get there.

The entrance to the Gallery of Palaeontology is a 2-minute walk taking Cour Muséum and rue Buffon.