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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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Amazing anatomy section

If I was just reviewing the anatomy and palaeontology section Id give it 10 stars if I could. It's amazing, a great old fashioned, Victorian style exhibition, in keeping with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

If I was just reviewing the anatomy and palaeontology section Id give it 10 stars if I could. It's amazing, a great old fashioned, Victorian style exhibition, in keeping with the theme of the jardin and menagerie. Probably my favourite museum in the world. However, it's a shame that you have to pay separately for geology, botany, evolution and palaeontology... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Great morning out with the kids. Quite hard to find as its set in a big park. Parking around is really hard, so can be quite a walk. Nice size building with good facilities. Staff not over friendly, but something to do when raining in paris

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Pacy-sur-Eure, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

if you like dynosaures !! near the evolution galery ( animals dispareted even a DODO !! ) not the bones but taxydermie!! and lions which are not any more on the earth !! and tropical plants and for children you can have a little "ballade" with poneys beautiful garden not far from Bercy , gare d'Austerlitz the name is the... More 

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Augsburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Very good and, forgot time while watching. Animals Skeletons are maintained. Very amazing collection.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

In the comparative anatomy gallery you can see lots and lots of fully assembled vertebrate skeletons arranged in the center, including many large whales! Surrounding them is an amazing collection of skeletons, prepared organ systems, and the most extensive brain collection I've seen. Ever wanted to see a whale eye? They have it on display. Want to know how large... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This was a truly wonderful museum experience. At times, it was overwhelming being surrounded by so many animal skeletons. You can really spend hours in here exploring everything from whale bones to yak skeletons! Yes, all the signs are in French but we actually enjoyed the "low-tech" set up where the signs were hand-written (from the last century by the... More 

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Hertfordshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is a very good museum to visit. Has an excellent children's gallery which kept us and our 6 year old amused and engaged for hours. Currently has a very interesting and well set out exhibition of Great Apes which is well worth the small extra admission fee. Has a large garden area too which is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

There are 4 levels. You can spend 30 minutes to 1 hour per level. It is very educational. I find it more interesting then New York's Natural History museum which is a reference. The problem is the lack of seating for elderly people who may want to rest during the visit.

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My daughter age 9 was fascinated wth all the animals beautifully displayed. However I wished for her and myself to benefit with some knowledge, which was impossible as all descriptions are only in French we don't know. Because of that 1-2 hours including rest-up drink is enough for this place. Nice surrounding gardens and pretty poor and depressing zoo (very... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Great exhibition of skeletons of modern day, as well as prehistoric animals. The displays are well grouped. Although I realize this is France, it would have been nice to have some English translations to understand the exhibits better. A great learning experience for children.

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Address: Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 40 79 30 00
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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.
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