Illuminated Evolution

From 29 November 2021 to 30 January 2022, the Jardin des Plantes is full of fascinating and marvellous creatures, for magical nocturnal walks.

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Looking for an outing to go on with the children this winter? Head for the 5th arrondissement of Paris to enjoy a unique experience in the walkways of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

A unique journey through the corridors of time

In the garden and the Menagerie of the National Museum of Natural History, young and old are invited to marvel at the magnificent lanterns in the shapes of animals from the past. As a family, travel through 600 million years in one evening. The historic garden offers you a night-time stroll under the Paris sky to discover the origin of life, as told via the gigantic illuminated structures dotted along your route.
There are hundreds of these structures, taking you back through history to the time of the first living things to have inhabited the planet. Discover extinct species with fascinating shapes and colours.

With its thousands of lights, the Illuminated Evolution walk is much more than a mere outdoor exhibition. It is a real experience to share with the family. Children will be delighted to find their favourite dinosaurs in the form of statues illuminated with a thousand lights, reminiscent of the skeletons exhibited in the Museum’s Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, while their parents enjoy this unusual outing in the heart of the capital.

From the origins of animals to humans

This third edition of the “Illuminated Walk” festival is an opportunity to discover the work of theMuseum’s palaeontologists, whose research and reconstructions were the basis for creating these impressive animals. The structures, some of which are almost 30 metres long, were made in China where the art of lanterns is based on true traditional know-how.
The visit is divided into 3 areas, starting from the origins of life and ending in the Quaternary era when the first humans coexisted with certain species such as mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers. Along the way, follow the first animals to emerge from what was then mainly a marine world, to adapt and evolve into Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs before disappearing due to intense volcanic activity and a meteorite strike.

An incredible journey through geological time that fills visitors with wonder as well as raising their awareness of ecological upheavals and the fragility of terrestrial ecosystems.

If you enjoy magical walks, the Thoiry Safari Park invites you to its Wild Lights until 6 March 2022. Two luminous events to enhance your winter and your Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

accès par la place Valhubert
75005 Paris 5ème

Transport access: line 5 Austerlitz - line 7 Censier Daubenton - line 10 Jussieu or Austerlitz - RER C

Days and opening hours

From 29/11/2021 to 30/01/2022, daily between 6 pm and 11 pm. Open every evening except 24 and 31 December 2021 Last entry: 21:30 on weekdays, 22:00 on weekends and during school holidays.


  • Full price: 15 €, Reduced price: 12 €.
    Free entry for children < 3 years.
    TRIBU PACKAGE: 2 adults and 2 children under 13: 48€.


Spoken languages

  • French
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