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The Grand Gallery of Evolution

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.

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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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E-tickets - Permanent Exhibition and Temporary Exhibitions

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

Current temporary exhibition :

Meteorites: between heaven and earth - until January 06, 2019

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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.

Map

Address
36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
75005
Parking lot
Patriarches, 1-5 Rue Daubenton - 75005
Public transportation
7Place Monge Jardin des Plantes
7Censier-Daubenton
5Saint-Marcel
CParis Austerlitz (Gare d'Austerlitz)
8967Buffon - La Mosquee
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