Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle-Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée

Métro: Austerlitz (ligne 5) Censier Daubenton (ligne 7)  Jussieu (Ligne10)
RER C: Austerlitz
Address: Jardin des Plantes 2, rue Buffon 75005
Hours: everyday 10 am - 5 pm - Closed on Tuesdays
Cost: 7 euros (free for people under 26)
Website: http://www.mnhn.fr/le-museum/fr/accueil


I have to admit that it was not our first choice. Le Jardin des Plantes is a famous park in Paris which is the home of several museums. Most of them are part of the National Natural History Museum. At first, we wanted to visit the Galerie de l'Evolution but when we saw the line, we decided to try this instead. As we were in line, I thought that seeing bones was not really my ideal for a romantic afternoon in Paris. But once inside, I was just fascinated. This place is gorgeous architecturally and so full of light which is a nice change from the usual Natural History Museums that I have visited previously. You will actually see very rare skeletons, bones, and fossils: dinosaurs, whales, rhinoceros, Syrian wild ass, extinct since the end of the 19th century, okapi, sea unicorn, Steller’s sea cow, extinct since around 1768 and many others. I actually really enjoyed it. 

 Check out there map: http://www.mnhn.fr/museum/front/medias/activite/23951_PlanPaleontologie_GB.pdf

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