L'odyssée sensorielle

The Sensory Odyssey

From 23 October 2021 to 4 July 2022, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France’s national museum of natural history, invites you on a unique journey through distant lands to discover nature and its wonders.

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An immersive discovery of the natural world

Until July the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle is offering a unique and immersive discovery of natural spaces around the world, inspired by nature’s fragility.

This original form of odyssey, using new technologies, calls on all the senses to immerse you in the planet’s flora and fauna, discovering ecosystems that are as fascinating as they are fragile, from the tropics to ice fields.

While imagery is central to this experience, with giant projections in 8K resolution of views filmed specially for the exhibition, your hearing and smell are also stimulated for complete immersion. The images allow you to appreciate mammals and small insects in minute detail as well as all the many shades of colour in magnificent landscapes free from human life.

The sounds, recreated from natural environments for each of the areas presented, envelop you and transport you even further into the heart of the savannah or the depths of the sea. Smell completes the experience to remind us of the importance of this sense, for us, as animals, and for the animals around us. The fragrances, reproduced to replicate as closely as possible real smells, thanks to work carried out with the Nez collective, complete this sensory and emotional dive right into the natural world.

An experience combining beauty and reflection

Stroll through the exhibition spaces in the Grand Galerie de l’Évolution and discover 8 geographical areas, each with their own special characteristics, demonstrating the beauty and strength of the wild.

The exploration begins with the discovery of lesser flamingos in East Africa. On the screens covering the walls of the room, stop and enjoy the beauty of their flight over Lake Magadi in the south of Kenya. Then enter the unknown world of the savannah. One by one, the animals make their way to the waterhole to quench their thirst, while listening out for noises around them that will warn them of danger. Then come two unique experiences, a 360° experience at the top of a tree in the heart of the tropical rainforest and an echolocation experience, demonstrating this ability to locate oneself in space possessed by animals such as bats, unlike humans. In the next space, uncover the mysteries of the underground world and its inhabitants, before being astounded by the spectacle of insects as they twirl and dance above a prairie. Finish your stroll underwater in coral reefs and in the breath-taking landscapes of the Far North.

For a gentle transition back to the real world, the final space invites you to reflect and consider humankind’s place in the world and the future we want for humanity. This exhibition, which reveals the earth’s beauty and fragility, is necessary and timely, as humankind becomes increasingly aware of its impact on the planet.

Talks, events and activities run alongside this innovative exhibition, whose meaningful content reflects contemporary concerns about ecology and conservation.

An original and magnificent experience that families can enjoy until the summer.

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Access and contact

57 rue Cuvier
75005 Paris 5ème

Metro: Gare-d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10), Jussieu (lines 7 and 10), Place Monge or Censier-Daubenton (line 7) RER: Austerlitz (line C) Bus: Lines 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91. SNCF Railway station: Gare d'Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon

Days and opening hours

From 23/10/2021 to 04/07/2022 between 10 am and 6 pm except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Closed on Tuesday.


  • Full price: 13 €, Reduced price: 10 € (visitors aged 3 to 25 in school).
    Free entry for children < 3 years.
    Ticket including the temporary exhibition and the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution Ticketing exclusively online.


Spoken languages

  • French
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