Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
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  • Censier – Daubenton • 5 min walk
  • Place Monge • 5 min walk
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles711 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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JDSX
Brooklyn, NY48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
I'm at a loss. I don't know how to express this in a way that will make sense to someone that hasn't been here. My family and I love natural history. We watch nature shows together and have twice spent a night at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. We've never been bored there.

This gallery's space is beautiful and very clean. The lighting sets a nice mood. Yet, somehow, it's thoroughly unenjoyable. I was almost instantly bored. Nothing drew me in. Nothing made me want to continue. It's actually a bit fascinating as to how they managed this. On the surface, it's an exemplar, a showpiece. 5 minutes later it's a failure. If there are university classes for museum curators, they should add this to the curriculum so no one else makes the same mistakes.
Written September 1, 2022
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We are sorry that the visit was boring for you. However, there are many features in place to make the visit attractive. The scenography also helps to immerse visitors in the great history of evolution. We are sorry that this did not meet your expectations of the visit.
Written September 5, 2022
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Emily M
Leiden, The Netherlands388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is essentially a natural history museum. It’s been recently renovated, and the new facility is beautiful. The collection is fine, though nothing particularly special if you have been to other similar museums. Bring a euro coin if you want to use the coat check.
Written December 31, 2022
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Thank you for sharing your opinion. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written January 2, 2023
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Cati R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
No, no and no.

The museum is ok, not one of the best natural museums But still ok.

All the rest is HORRIBLE. No one word of English: nor the website, neither the team who work there. I’ve been blocked in the lift (it happens, this is fine) for a kind of half an hour and no one there could communicate with me since they don’t know English, they ignore even the most basic and common words.

You have to book the ticket online and if you don’t know french, you’re out. You’ve also have to create your own account and leave your debit card details, all in french of course.

All the informations in french (animals’ details, history, panels, notice etc).

If you are NOT FRENCH, you are definitely NOT WELCOME.
Written September 27, 2021
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We are sorry that your visit was not up to par. You are right, some texts are translated into English but not all. We are working to improve this point. Our website is accessible in English. You can choose your language at the top right of your screen. Of course, all visitors are welcome at La Grande Galerie de l'Evolution.
Written September 30, 2021
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Selina D
Winchester, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Children loved this - a real highlight. We visited the outdoor Ménagerie of endangered species on the same visit (red pandas, snow leopard, cassowary etc) and Revivre - a virtual reality experience inside the Galerie. All were excellent and great for the kids. The outdoor Jardins des Plantes were excellent too. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you very much for your positive review. We are glad you had a pleasant day with your family. Goodbye !
Written August 9, 2021
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Susan O
Norwood, MA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Strolled with my husband through this HUGE, beautiful museum. A wonderful mix of old and new exhibits and (as with the case with all things PARIS) is a feast for the eyes. Plan to spend some time here as you will enjoy getting lost!
Written January 29, 2020
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Thank you so much! Your comment makes us very happy and we are happy that you had a nice time with us with your husband.
Written February 4, 2020
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Born in FY1
Manchester, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
We visited today 2nd April and were denied entry to the museum. We pre booked our tickets in December 2017 for our visit today and was told by the museum staff we must pay an extra 18 Euros for our children to enter the museum. The staff were like mini Hitlers and extremely confrontational they had no empathy and zero customer service skills. We would have paid the extra but we did not bring any money to the museum as we had pre booked our tickets in advance. I asked to speak with the manger who was powerless and unable to resolve the issue she insisted we must pay the extra to enter I asked for my money back and was told I must email for a refund the manger would give no guarantee that I would get my money back either we left the museum after 40 minutes both my children upset that they could not go the museum that we had travelled 30 minutes across Paris to go to. The manger Maue Jose Grosperrin lacked any sort of manager skills, she could not allow us entry, could not give us a refund and simply walked away after saying I can not help she even promised to email me afterwards to confirm her position and to assist with the refund but has so far not done this either and total wasted journey, a lot of expense travelling and a wasted day of our holidays avoid this place.
Written April 2, 2018
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Ines214
Buenos Aires, Argentina7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We come from Argentina and expected more from a parisian Museum
Old, poorly mantained, not even a single explanation in english or spanish.
IT Was a waste of time.
Written January 23, 2020
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Groovemasterjay
La-Baule-Escoublac, France307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
I love this place. It’s amazing. It’s well shown. Didactic. You learn billions of things. The saddest part being the room with endangered or extinct species. Man sucks big time with his greed and artificial needs ...
Written August 16, 2019
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extrabag
Paris, France49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Buyer beware! If you make a mistake buying a ticket on their website, you will get no sympathy... and no refund!

And it is easy to make a mistake. The Grande Galerie's English language website's "BUY TICKETS" button leads you to the "ticketeasy" website that, sadly, does not live up to its name.

First of all, it is entirely in French.

Second, it suggests two types of ticket for the Grande Galerie: 10 euro tickets and 7 euro tickets. But guess what the most popular type is? It's the free ticket, and it is not offered on this site!

Suppose you are two adults and three children; you might easily be fooled into paying 50 euros when really your visit should only cost 20 euros!

True, there is the small print (in French) on the right hand side saying that those who are under 26 years old get in for free. But, even if you read French, it is easy to miss. You look in the pop-up window for reduced rate 7 euro tickets and see nothing about children, and you end up buying the 10 euro ones for them.

Third, their "tickiteasy" website proposes, when you click on GRANDE GALERIE, that you add on tickets for workshops and special exhibitions. But do they tell you that some of these are not at the Grande Galerie at all? No.

Do you think it might be fun for your children to sign up for an Octopus workshop? Sure, I did. 16 euros for two children. Turns out it is seven football fields away, clear on the other side of the Jardin des Plantes.

That can put a little crimp in your logistics if you're managing several children, or if the weather is bad.

Fourth, you would think that any such mishaps in web reservations could be easily managed once you arrive on site. False!

After waiting on the ticket line (which you'd tried to avoid, for your benefit... and theirs) you are told that the ticket office can do nothing about tickets purchased over the web. Speak to the information desk.

The information desk says the same thing. Those are web tickets, of course we can do nothing for you. Give them a call.

I call the number on the web ticket: no answer. This is during the work day; the museum is open. The call goes to voicemail.

So, having paid 48 euros where, if fully informed, I'd have only spent 10 euros, I e-mail customer service.

Fifth, customer service shows contempt for their visitors.

Here is what they told me about the Octopus tickets: "It doesn't say anywhere that this workshop takes place at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution" (* my translation of the original below). Well, yes, it doesn't say where the workshop takes place, so... it's the visitor's fault for thinking that it takes place at the Grande Galerie?

And here is what they told me when they wrote back to me a day after I visited, and I indicated that I had declined to walk the length of seven football fields each way on the hottest day ever recorded in Paris (it was 108°F / 42°C outside): "The workshop room is perfectly adapted for hot days because it is air conditioned." (**) And this information is presented... where? Even at the Grande Galerie information desk, they were not able to tell me whether or not there was air conditioning. But of course it is the visitor's fault for not being telepathic.

(*) "A aucun moment il n'est indiqué que cette animation se déroule dans la Grande Galerie de l’Évolution"

(**) "La salle d'atelier est parfaitement adaptée aux fortes chaleur puisque climatisée."
Written July 27, 2019
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CaptainT26
Southampton, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
It's 10 Euros per adult. The exhibits themselves are OK: those that you can see.
But it is dark - really DARK. I understand that the deep-sea exhibits originally lived without light, but we don't - and all four floors were totally gloomy. To the extent that we literally couldn't see the exhibits. The labels and captions are all in French, a language which I understand perfectly; but many of them had no lighting at all or the little spotlights in the glass cases where not switched on. Where I could discern any text in the gloom, it was extraordinarily vague and generalist, lacking scientific input of any kind. Disappointed, I turned to the "fiches de lecture" available on each floor, hoping to actually learn something. Again, they are in French, without any translation (no problem for me, but may be for others) - but would you print a document in blue text on a grey background, if it was intended to be read in the dark? Me neither. Using the torch on my phone, I was able to learn one fact: monkeys screech to express happiness.
On a positive note, the museum was warm and the leather seats were comfy.
What a wasted opportunity to create a world-class, informative museum in a beautiful European capital. Like so many things here, an opportunity wasted.
What a relief to get back outside into the cold, bright light of January!
Strangely, the exhibit I recall the best was outside: an old American car that had been smashed by a meteorite. Its label was clear and informative, and the daylight made it a joy to view.
For the museum: one star. Needs rethinking from the visitor's perspective. A metaphor for so many things in this country.
Written February 5, 2018
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