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National Museum of Natural History

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Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 40 79 30 00
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Description: This large museum of natural history combines three museums into one...
This large museum of natural history combines three museums into one, including a four-story taxonomy wing, a building of skeletons and fossils and a separate structure devoted entirely to geology.
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A Museum of Museums

A collection of bones, bones, bones. And not just fossils. Bones of large creatures like rhinoceros, whales, aps and humans. And it looks like the place has not been updated since... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A collection of bones, bones, bones. And not just fossils. Bones of large creatures like rhinoceros, whales, aps and humans. And it looks like the place has not been updated since 1890, which makes it a "Museum of Museums." Look for the Versailles Rhinoceros, one of Louis XIV's pets.

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Merida, Venezuela
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I liked a lot the the animal kingdom exposition. You have several floors where you can see different species and learn a bit of it. If you have kids they will love to see the variety of animals exposed there. Some of them make noises when you walk in front of.. It is an entertainment experience.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The natural history museum in Paris consists of several galleries, each charging a separate entrance fee. We only visited the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy which has the collection of dinosaur fossils and animal bones. The museum is situated right outside Gare d'Austerlitz station. The outside looks rather run down but they are currently doing some refurbishment work to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My 6 years old son was so excited to go to this museum that we had to put Mona Lisa on hold. However, he was hesitant once we entered the gallery as the animals on display looked very realistic. Honestly, I didn't think I would but I enjoyed it more than he did. It felt like I was on the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

Tucked away amongst beautiful gardens, the Museum is a real treat. Trick for young players - the Museum has a number of different galleries, each with their own distinct flavour. The Grand Gallery of Evolution is phenomenal, full of ancient history and impressive skeletons. The main hall is terrific, and holds hours of entertainment. Definitely a must-see

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Another hidden thing to do for kids in Paris. the museum is divided into a number of buildings and each one is dedicated to one type of historical displays. needless to say my kids enjoyed the Dinosaures the most. I loved the fact that the museum is an old mansion and you can still see wooden floors, and marble marble... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I love to visit museums whenever I'm away and the Natural History museums are always a highlight, this was no exception! The museum itself is in the most beautiful grounds with lots of other museums surrounding it but we only had time to visit this one regrettably. It's not the biggest or most impressive NHM I've ever been to but... More 

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Carbondale, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Spent two hours wandering through this lovely spot with our friend from Noisy-le-Grand and it was fabulous, from the plantings of annuals/perennials, large deciduous and evergreen trees, to the tropical plants/fossilized tree trunks, etc. inside the gorgeous steel and glass greenhouses, which also happened to have a really cool, rather bizarre art installation scattered throughout. About 6 euros will give... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Small , expensive and nothing new . We get bored with my father because museum is designed for children . Do not visit if you don't have enough time .

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This museum is housed in a fantastic building, it had a small collection of stuffed animals and loads os shot guns. Several interesting rooms, one laid out as a hunters drawing room. Free on Sundays, but I wouldn't pay to get in!

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Staying in Quartier Latin

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Quartier Latin
The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendor and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighborhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.