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National Museum of Natural History

#69 of 1,098 things to do in Paris
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Address: 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France
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+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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" Had looked forward to seeing this musuem as i love Natural history musuems , was a very beautiful building but the exhibitions are unfortunately not that good nothing compared... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Winston R
Viborg, Denmark
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Viborg, Denmark
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

" Had looked forward to seeing this musuem as i love Natural history musuems , was a very beautiful building but the exhibitions are unfortunately not that good nothing compared to Londons natural history musuem unfortunately, but still worth a visit one major drawback is that there is no English explanations on the exhibitions they are all in French which... More 

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Reviewed February 22, 2017

Walking from our hotel (La Familia) we were pleasantly surprised at this cluster of buildings buffered by lovely gardens. We were there a couple hours before closing so we could only visit one building this was an easy choice we wanted to see the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) specimen. On our way in we visited an orchid show adjacent to the... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 20, 2017

The National museum of natural history has a spectacular collection of (almost) extinct animals. Besides the others animal present at the site are very impressive. It is great for children to visit. But we had fun as well

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

This museum regroup many sections, préhistorique, botanique, animals, mineralogy, paleontology, fossiles, meteorites; in the section zoology, shells, skeletons and embalmed animals ; in the glasshouse, you can see many exotic plants of Australia, Sud America and Liban. A nice instructif visit for many hours.

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Great Notley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 27, 2017

My 6 year old was so fascinated and educated by everything in there. It held attributes to excite my wife, son and I. Some amazing and unique things!.. the conjoint exhibit was ludicrously fascinating! So many more animals bones than often seen in a museum. I'd go back for sure and it was such good value for money!

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum because it was our last day in Paris and had a flight to catch later that day. The museum is right next to a metro station which is very handy. We turned up around midday there was a bag search at the door after quickly going through there we lined up for tickets, there was only... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

I had to literally pull out my kids from this place. There are various sections with different tickets Fossils of mammals are fascinating. Plus there are a lot of informative games for children. Only drawback is that certain things are only mentioned in French.

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Reviewed January 3, 2017

I took my 5 year old son and 16 year old daughter here and they both loved it!! the information is in French and I do wish I could have read the titles however; many you can figure out on your own either by similar spelling or how the skeletons look. My daughter really enjoyed looking at the animals preserved... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed December 30, 2016

Visited in October 2013, while on the jardins des plantes property which connects to this building. Many exhibits of extinct mammoths, mastodons, dinosaurs, and prehistoric crocodile as big as a dinosaur. There was also a whale skeleton, probably hunted to extinction. There was also a 5 ft large nautilus shell. The leg of an unearthed mammoth discovered in 1872 was... More 

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Reviewed December 23, 2016

Brought my 5 year old there and she was fascinated by the exhibition. Really enjoyed this quaint museum...except for there's no information for the exhibits in English.

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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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