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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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Enjoyed our time spent here, couple of hours is all you need. Some of the specimens really need to be available in other languages.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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English first
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Enjoyed our time spent here, couple of hours is all you need. Some of the specimens really need to be available in other languages.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Went to this museum with my au pair children hoping to get them educated while having some fun. We were very disappointed by the staff's incapability to speak or understand English which then stopped us from getting tickets for the temporary exhibitions. In the Permanent exhibition we also found that all boards and signs were only in French. This resulted... More 

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Braga, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Should have explanations in english Could be more interesting , i mean could have more activities for the public to discover that place, not only many animals exposed with explanations

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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The museum building, the displays, maintenance and orderliness was quite impressive. but this is mainly targeted to a French audience as many of the exhibits are explained only in French. If you know the language and are interested in history of evolution of man, this museum can be quite interesting. Recommended for kids of around 10+ years.. Mine are 6... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Pros: The gardens surrounding the museum were beautiful and there was a zoo on the same grounds, its a full day out. If you are under 26 you get in for free - well we did anyway not sure if it was only for that day. Cons: Thank God it was free because coming from Ireland, and not knowing a... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Probably rather unknown to the firsttime visitor this beautiful museum is worth a detour. Fantastic building, great exhibits presented in a beautiful manner and must be a lot of fun when you bring the kids.

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minneapolis, mn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

What I liked: the building! Why don't museums look like this any more? Wrought iron, sky-light lighting, glass cases--showing a bird skeleton in various stages of flight. Limits: it is a massive display of animal skeletons--a sea of bones. It you can get into that, you will be happy. If you want variety, you will be bored.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The museum was opened to public about 20 years back. It is an excellent place for the people who have interest in natural history. It a wonderful place for the students to explore various plants, Animals, birds or minerals etc. From Montparnasse I took a train number 6 and then train no. 5. In all there are about 10 stations.... More 

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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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