The Natural History Museum Paris, also named the Museum by Parisians, is famous for its dinosaurs, giant cristals and precious stones. The Paris Natural History Museum is set in Jardin des Plantes on the Seine left bank, one of the largest parks in the city, and was created in the 17th century. A great sight for kids complemented by a small zoo. Paris museums.
Created in 1635 as the Royal Botanical Gardens and dedicated to botanics research, the Jardin des Plantes is located on the left bank of the Seine river. It houses Paris Natural History Museum. The museum main attractions are the Hall of Evolution, the gallery of comparative anatomy (pdf documentation) with dinosaurs, giant birds, insects, and the gallery of mineralogy with 600 000 minerals, giant crystals and royal precious stones. A great museum with kids.
Paris Natural History Museum and its dinosaur collections fascinate both adults and kids.
The Jardin des Plantes feature beautiful flowers, a small zoo, and 19th century tropical glasshouses.
Paris Natural History Museum and Jardin des Plantes are a great sight for adults with children. It is possible to walk on the Seine lower quays from Jardin des Plantes to Notre Dame, one of best Paris walks. Check Seine river map.
The Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle also operates the famous Paris Zoo in Bois de Vincennes.
The Paleontology and comparative Anatomy Gallery is a 540 million year journey and one of the highlights of the museum. It starts with the famous fossils from the Paleozoic Era from 540 to 250 million years ago, such as the gigantic Dunkleosteus. The Mesozoic Era, 250 to 65 million years ago, marks the golden age of the dinosaurs such as the Diplodocus, Iguanodon, Carnotaurus, Triceratops. One contemporary of these animals was Sarcosuchus, a giant crocodile with terrifying teeth. Alongside them, the mammals of the Cenozoic Era, 65 million years ago, reflect the evolution of biodiversity. They tell the epic tale of the equines from Hyracotherium, the proboscidians from Phosphatherium and the primates from Aegyptopithecus.
The collections are housed in a superb building made of brick, metal and glass built by architect Ferdinand Dutert and opened in 1898 for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Almost 80 metres long, it is decorated with a large number of sculptures inspired by nature.
The Jardin des Plantes includes a zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the world created in 1794. It first housed the animals from the Menagerie Royale de Versailles and the animals seized from fairgrounds. Over time, the zoo has extended itself with bears, big cats, reptiles and many other animals. With only 5.5 hectares of land to offer to various species, the Menagerie takes care of small animals and continues to be a place of study and preservation. Visit the monkey and ape enclosure, the big cat enclosure and the vivariums, and take the time to admire some of the animals which are in danger of extinction or which no longer exist in the wild. Map of zoo.