The Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris Jardin des Plantes Paris
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What to expectIf 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.
Opening hours of the Grand Gallery of Evolution
All year. Open every day from 10h to 18h except Tuesdays, 25th December, 1st January and 1st May
** Attention **: last admission to the exhibitions takes place 45 minutes before closing
- Visitors under 26
- Disabled individuals and their companions
- Professional journalists
Free tickets can be collected at the entrance desk on the day of the visit and their holders cannot skip entrance lines.
The Grand Gallery of Evolution in a few words
The Grand Gallery of Evolution preserves the historical collections of the Gallery of Zoology. Opened in 1889, the Gallery intended to witness the triumphs of the French Republic and its colonial empire, but it was closed in 1965 and the collections were seemingly forgotten. However, the National Museum of Natural History has rediscovered the collection and provided an impressively renovated architectural setting. Welcoming millions of visitors every year, it has established a worldwide reputation.
The permanent collections are like an oasis of peace at the heart of Paris. On the ground floor, the famous African caravan features 63 specimens and allows visitors to travel back through the centuries. Around the balconies and other floors, guests encounter insects, fish, birds and other mammals - all placed in living postures which capture the imagination and bring these exotic animals back to life. But while they seem lifelike, many of these creatures have been on display for almost 200 years, and they continue to enchant those who wander through the halls of the Grand Gallery of Evolution.