The Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris The Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris

The Grand Gallery of Evolution in Paris Jardin des Plantes Paris

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Gallery of Evolution - Ticketing

E-tickets - Permanent Exhibition

  • Allows visitors to skip queues
  • Provides access to the permanent collections, including the caravan of animals from the African savanna.

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What to expect

If you love museums and the natural world, the Gallery of Evolution simply must be part of your cultural itinerary when you next visit Paris. Located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris' 5th arrondissement, the Gallery traces the evolution of species via a series of wonderful exhibits. Part of the National Museum of Natural History, it takes visitors back millions of years, helping them to comprehend the deep history of the natural world, and how the world we know today came to exist. The Gallery is housed in a gorgeous historic building which was once home to Paris' gallery of zoology, and the site includes both its core collections and a children's play area.

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

Free entry:

  • Visitors under 26
  • Disabled individuals and their companions
  • Jobseekers
  • 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.

Permanent collections

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.

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36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
Parking lot
Patriarches, 1-5 Rue Daubenton - 75005 Paris
Public transportation
7Place Monge Jardin des Plantes
CParis Austerlitz (Gare d'Austerlitz)
6789Buffon - La Mosquee

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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