A stunning example of cast-iron architecture from the 19th century, the gallery was renovated in 1994. Here, there is only one watchword: evolution.
The gallery’s magnificent scenography highlights the diversity of the living world over four floors. Whale skeletons suspended in the air, stuffed animals that are so lifelike that they might move… visitors of all ages will be overwhelmed. In a space that covers 6,000 m2, visitors can discover the diversity of animals that live in the oceans - giant squid, cetaceans, tortoises, narwhals - on the ground - in the African savannah, the forest of French Guiana, the poles and the world’s deserts - and up in the air.
The itinerary, split into three stages, ‘Diversity of the living world’, ‘Evolution of life’ and ‘Mankind: a contributor to evolution’, lets the visitor understand the role of biodiversity and mankind’s responsibility towards nature.
An immersive sound and light show recreates a day/night cycle. The night sky of 21 June 1994, the day on which the gallery was officially opened, has also been reproduced.
How to get there
Bus: 24, 63 (Jardin des Plantes), 67 (Buffon La Mosquée), 57, 89 and 91 (Gare d’Austerlitz)
Metro station: Line 5 (Austerlitz), lines 7 and 10 (Jussieu)
RER C: Austerlitz
Batobus: Stop: Jardin des Plantes
The ‘Grande Galerie de l’Evolution’ is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last admission at 5.15 p.m.);
It is closed on Tuesday and on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Tickets and prices
The ticket is valid for one year as from the date of purchase.
Free admission: visitors under the age of 26, job seekers, those on income support, the disabled and their carers, journalists (valid press card), ICOM card holders.