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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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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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I wasn't keen on going to the Natural History museum but my daughter had her heart set on it. So after 30 mins navigating the subway, then another 30mins to stop being lost once I... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I wasn't keen on going to the Natural History museum but my daughter had her heart set on it. So after 30 mins navigating the subway, then another 30mins to stop being lost once I got out of the subway, we found the museum. It's not hard to find, my bearings were just all wrong. Anyway, when you enter, there's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The director joked with me this morning that the children come here on field trips excited to see the museum of dead animals...and these children are some lucky little souls! The Museum of Natural History in Paris is neck and neck with only two other museums in the world for the quantity of samples they have on display for the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A little of the beaten track, and right next door is the botanical garden - definitely worth seeing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We lucked into a special exhibit of the Great Apes -- the whole lower floor dedicated to chimps, orangutans and gorillas. It was National Geographic-style discovery exhibit, great for kids and very educational for all ages. On the upper floors there are excellent exhibits of families of animals from different geographies of the planet, along with an area on extinct... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

PLEASE, if you're only in Paris for a few days and only have time to see a handful of places, PLEASE make sure this is one place you don't miss out on! It makes for incredible photographs and the desire to just collect ALL of them (if you collect Taxidermy/bones, that is, like me!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This might be not on the top of your Things-to-visit-in-Paris list, but I can assure you that it is very worthwhile. We have visited many same like museums in other big cities, but this one tops them all. The building is very beautiful and located in a beautiful park in the Latin Quarter. The collection stretches over 4 floors and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Spread across a few different buildings in Jardin de Plantes, we loved it here. Visited the skeletons of dinosaurs and animals - truly fascinating, this experience was only topped by the taxidermy animals. Beautiful building, really nicely set out in groups such as Savannah, Arctic etc. Not much in English but when travelling with toddlers they are really just there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

One of the best collections I know of. The arrangements are works of art in and of themselves. Some of the best dinosaur specimens in the world are here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Bones! So many bones! What an amazing museum. I've never been to one like this before. We walked from our hotel and because our gps took us in the wrong direction, it ended up being quite a long walk, but so worth it. The museum is divided into different buildings but it's so easy to get wrapped up into one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The National Museum is actually a few sites, each devoted to something different. There are a few buildings at this location and we visited two of them. Each building has a separate cost. We visited museum for Evolution and the one for Paleontology. Both are museums that are laid out beautifully. We have never seen anything like it. The museum... 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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