Jardin des Plantes - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Price guide: Mid-range

Place Valhubert, Paris, 75005

Price guide: Mid-range

Jardin des Plantes
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Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Sightseeing

Best for Families - Expert review of Jardin des Plantes - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

The best place to spot an ostrich in Paris.

You could easily spend a family day out in the Jardin des Plantes, which has a botanical garden, natural history museum and zoo, plus all the playgrounds, roundabouts and ice cream stalls of a local park. It originated as the royal medicinal garden of Louis XIII and has been open to the public since 1640. Within the park, the most spectacular part of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturel is the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution with brilliantly displayed stuffed animals presented by habitat – strolling across the savannah or across Arctic wastes – while birds hang suspended as you rise up in the lifts. The park also contains a paleontology pavilion and newly renovated 19th-century greenhouses full of palm trees and other exotic plants, flower gardens and Alpine rockeries, historic trees and a curious hilly labyrinth. La Ménagerie is a small zoo with plenty for kids including wallabies and flamingoes, a lazy orang utang, giraffes, ostriches, aviaries and rare red pandas, plus rabbits and farm animals for toddlers and tanks of scary snakes and spiders.

Price advice: 

The park is free but you do have to pay for some of the different attractions inside it: greenhouses 3 euros, assorted museums 7 euros each, 5 euros (4-11s), zoo 8 euros (6 euros 4-11s).

Expert tips: 
La Baleine (the whale) is a relaxed, stylish café-restaurant by the rue Cuvier entrance.
There are other entrances on rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire and rue Buffon.

More information on Jardin des Plantes - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle:

Price guide:
Museum, Park / garden, Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
Place Valhubert, Paris, 75005
01 40 79 56 01
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Park daily 7.30am-7.45pm summer (5.30pm in winter); zoo daily 9am-6pm; museums and greenhouses Wed-Mon 10am-6pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Wildlife / Nature

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