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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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Lovely museum..shame people can be so rude!

Awesome central atrium with exhibits spanning 4 or 5 floors. All of the signage was in French but obviously just viewing all of the displays can be rewarding and interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went with 4 children one is in a wheelchair we had to carry him up a big set of stairs and then about three stairs when we got in so just bear that in mind. I didn't like it my 7 year old daughter didn't but the rest did so if you like this sort of thing it's worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Awesome central atrium with exhibits spanning 4 or 5 floors. All of the signage was in French but obviously just viewing all of the displays can be rewarding and interesting. Difficult lift access with some out of order...so long waits with impatient and rude kids with parents beside them mind you!...actually shoving and jostling my mother at one point..I actually... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The displays were very good but the descriptions were only in French. I was unaware of there being any guided tours, either in French or English, which I found disappointing.Nevertheless, the variety of skeletons and fossils made the afternoon very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The Paleontology and compared anatomy galleries are very impressive collections of skeletons of many animals, dinosaurs, whales, and many more; along with some organs and mutations or genetic mistakes. As an adult and student in the area of medicine, it's very interesting to see all of that; but it is my opinion that if you're traveling with small children, maybe... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This beautiful journey began when I alighted from l'autobus of la Tour around Paris. Part of the adventure was La Managerie, Le Zoo du Jardin des Plantes. Under the awesome European summer sunshine and blue sky this is an experience not to be missed. And there are some lovely places to enjoy le café avec les biscuits ou gateau chocolate.... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It hadn't been long since we had visited the Natural History Museum in London, but we fancied doing something a bit different in Paris and decided to visit the Muséum National d'histoire Naturelle. When we walked in it seemed relatively small, but we happily spent 2 or 3 hours there, wandering around the three floors. There is a little café... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This gallery is excellent and should entertain the whole family. For the kids the animals "marching" are captivating. For adults, don't overlook the small Exposition on the top floor that explains the renovation of the building. (It's in French but you'll get it because of great photos). The end result is beautifully staged. At this time there's a primate exhibit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The Teen and I wandered in here on a particularly hot day when we had intended to see Jardin des Plantes. After wandering around outside for a bit and contemplating a rather overheated greenhouse (which was very nice 30 years ago in much cooler weather) we walked past the Galerie de l'Evolution and felt the AC blasting out the door.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I personally like the comparative anatomy gallery most. There are beautiful specimen spanning millions of years of evolution, presented without any fuss. And of course the gardens are beautiful, and the idea that the great Cuvier himself once strolled these grounds is enought to walk around in awe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The museum is surely a nice attraction for children of all ages due to the Gallery of Evolution and the displayed animals and their habitats. But somehow I did expect more. And what I found bothersome, was the blue light inside that was so exhausting for the eyes. So, I would recommend it only on rainy days otherwise just choose... More 

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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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