The Great Gallery of Evolution The Great Gallery of Evolution

The Great Gallery of Evolution Jardin des Plantes Paris

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Permanent Exhibition

  • Fast-track ticket
  • Access to the permanent collections including the caravan of animals from the African savanna.

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Menagerie + Great Gallery of Evolution

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The Grande Galerie and the Menagerie are two of the 11 most visited sites of the National Museum of Natural History.

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What to expect

If you're a fan of museums and animals, the Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris is a must-visit destination on your cultural itinerary. Housed within a splendid castle within the Jardin des Plantes (Garden of Plants), in the 5th arrondissement of the capital city, this cultural space presents fascinating exhibitions that trace the evolution of species. The Grand Gallery of Evolution, a part of the National Museum of Natural History, takes you back millions of years to help you better comprehend the history of the living world as you know it today. This magnificent building, which once hosted the zoology gallery, now holds remarkable collections and an interactive area designed for young visitors, known as the Children's Gallery.

Grande Galerie de l’Evolution Hours

All year round: Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm except on Tuesdays, December 25th, January 1st, and May 1st.

Please note: Last access to ticket offices 45 minutes before closing.

Free admission:

  • Visitors under 26 years old
  • Disabled person and their companion
  • Job seeker
  • Recipient of social benefits
  • Teacher presenting an Education Pass
  • Professional journalist
  • ICOM member
  • Members of the Friends of the Museum

Free tickets must be collected at the ticket office on the day of the visit, and holders are not eligible for fast-track access.

The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in a few words

The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution has preserved the historical collections of the Galerie de Zoologie, inaugurated in 1889, which aimed to showcase the triumph of the French Republic throughout its colonial empire. Closed in 1965 and forgotten, the museum was reopened as the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in 1994 thanks to the efforts of the National Museum of Natural History, with a new scenography and impressive architectural renovation. Visited by millions of spectators, it is now known and admired worldwide.

Permanent Collections

A true haven of peace, one travels through the centuries with, at ground level, the famous African caravan composed of 63 specimens, and, on the various floors and balconies, different universes where insects, fish, birds, and other mammals are staged in lively, sometimes sad but always touching poses. Some of these creatures have been preserved within these walls for nearly two hundred years!

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Common questions

Where is the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris?

The Evolution Gallery is located in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, in the 5th arrondissement of the capital. Its precise address is 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris, France.

How to get to the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris?

Asking this question is like asking how to get to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. It can be reached by metro via line 7 (Station Place Monge), and lines 5 or 10 (Station Paris Austerlitz). Paris Austerlitz is also a RER C station. If you have chosen the Batobus as your means of transport, stop at the Jardin des Plantes Stop.

What is the price of the ticket for the Galerie de l'Evolution de Paris?

The price of the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution is 10 €. Access to the gallery is free for children under 3 years old, disabled people and their companions, job seekers and recipients of social minima. A reduced rate is granted at the counters to school visitors aged 3 to 25.

What are the opening hours of the Galerie de l'Evolution in Paris?

The Grande Galerie is open every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is exceptionally closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

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