PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM IN JARDIN DES PLANTES, PARIS …

For just € 7 ($ 8.20 / £6.25) for an adult you will have a most interesting time visiting the Galeries d’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie (Paleontology Museum) in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes. There are more than 2500 fossils of which 650 are complete skeletons and 1000 are specimens preserved in fluid. Not all of […]

Fossil of African Bush Elephant (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

For just € 7 ($ 8.20 / £6.25) for an adult you will have a most interesting time visiting the Galeries d’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie (Paleontology Museum) in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes.

There are more than 2500 fossils of which 650 are complete skeletons and 1000 are specimens preserved in fluid. Not all of these are in glass cases, which makes viewing (and photographing) the exhibits excellent. One can even walk between the exhibits, get really close to them. Although not to touch of course!

Jardin des Plantes paleontology musem. General view (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

There are also reconstructions of prehistoric creatures, and indeed of Lucy.

Cast of Lucy (cc Marilyn Z. tomlins)

What you will see have all been discovered in the 18th and 19th century in Africa, Asia, the Americas and in Europe too.

You could thus admire the skeleton of a killer whale, a rhino, a giraffe which almost touches the ceiling, an elephant, a hippo, a panther, primates, crocodiles, fish, birds etc.

The museum is open every day but Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Jardin des Plantes has several entrances, and this museum is closest to the Place Valhubert entrance and right beside the Gare d’Austerlitz railway and Metro station.

Getting to the museum, in fact to the Jardin des Plantes, is easy:

You can take several buses: No. 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91 and these approach the Jardin des Plantes from all directions.

As for the Metro, Lines 5, 7 and 10 will get you there, and these two approach the Jardin des Plantes from all directions.

A novel way is to get on to the Batobus in the centre of Paris and you get off at the stop Jardin des Plantes.

However, a really pleasant way to get to the Jardin des Plantes is to walk from the centre of Paris (say from the Chatelet or Notre Dame Cathedral, all along the Seine to Place Valhubert where you will see the immense garden on your right.

The building that houses the museum was constructed in 1898 by the architect Louis-Fernard Dutert. 

The paleontology museum (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Another view of the paleontology museum (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

You can see some of the exhibits through the windows, a sure invitation to step inside…

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I will now leave you to enjoy some of the exhibits: at least photos of them.

A mammoth:

A mammoth (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

Cape Buffalo (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

Our ancestors (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

Giraffe (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

General view (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

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The Killer Whale (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

 

A crocodile (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

What more is there to say? God made heaven and earth in six days?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses to “PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM IN JARDIN DES PLANTES, PARIS …”

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    It is certainly worth visiting!

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    Louise Says:

    When next in Paris I will definitely visit this museum. The photos are so clear and makes for very interesting viewing. Thanks Marilyn for taking all these photos and to let potential tourists and visitors know what to see and do in Paris.

    So interesting!!!!!!!!

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