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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Paleonthology department very impressive

Wonderful site, very attractive art nouveau building and large collections, good info with every piece.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful site, very attractive art nouveau building and large collections, good info with every piece.

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Pula, Croazia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very XIX century, which means that is much in the sign of violence. Just before the entrance there is a huge statue representing a "monkey-like" creature choking a "human-like" creature and a baby-monkey is celebrating the act. Inside, there is a very rich exposition, including representations of dissections (hope not vivisections, but even today there are those who... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I tend not to visit museums of natural history unless I'm accompanying friends and their children. I'm always pleasantly surprised by how much there is to see and learn and experience when I do visit them. This was no exception. My friends' children added to the experience. I'd rank this is in my top two favorite natural history museums, along... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a review of what is technically the museum of comparative anatomy and palaeontology - part of the Natural History museum complex. Admission for the different parts of the museum group is different prices/ tickets. We got in for 7 euros as kids were free and had eurostar tickets which gives you '2 for 1' entry. Best 7 euro... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The museum is fabulous and the park beside it is very characteristic for its geometrical designs. The whole area is one of the best places in the 5th arr. to stroll around and enjoy.

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Mukteshwar, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

The museum was formally founded on 10 June 1793, during the French Revolution. The museum ,apparently,has 14 sites across France and four of them are in Paris itself. Wonderful collection of rich history.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

There are 4 separated museums and a zoo. You have to buy a ticket for each one. Some of them seem not worth the price. I am a geologist but I was disappointed to the mineral and geology museum. The paleontology museum has lots of fossils and bones, but lacked instructions, so do the other museums. The garden is beautiful.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

After almost two weeks in Paris we began looking for more local entertainments and went to this museum. I was a little leery when I saw they were proud of their new system of stairs after climbing every tower in the city! Free lockers are available like most of the Paris museums which is a blessing, particularly on rainy days.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Interesting and beautiful building. Lovely gardens ( Jardin des Plantes ) and a lovely place to have a picnic. We found a good baguette shop just outside Gare d'Austerlitz and had lunch before visiting the exhibition. Away from the 'hustle and bustle' of the city. If you or your family are interested in Natural History then this museum is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Although a little small compared to the London natural history museum. The building alone is such a beautiful site to see from the inside. When we went it was free if you're under 26! So our youthfulness struck a point back since we're so under the thumb in the housing market right now. There is a pretty melancholy zoo nearby... 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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