Océans at Paris Jardin des Plantes, 2019’s major exhibition

Océans, that’s the future exhibition of the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle [National Museum of National History] running at the Evolution Gallery of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This exhibition offers a surprising journey to the heart of an uncommon universe and promises to go even further than the only familiar faces of threatened sharks, whales and corals.

For its big exhibition 2019, the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle pays interest to Oceans and especially the uncommon biodiversities we can find there, far from the shore and the human presence.

Perfect for children and adults, the exhibition tells us everything about how important oceans are for the life on Earth: thanks to a beautiful and immersive staging, we find skeletons of sea mammals, as well as many interactive devices allowing us to understand more about life within the ocean.

If we know that oceans represent 71% of the surface of the planet and 1,370 million km², we still lack lots of knowledge about how it works. We keep in mind the large mammals or the fantastic creatures from our childhood (Kraken, leviathan, Charybdis and Cthulhu, mythic and fascinating creatures)!

Far from all these horror stories, the unknown ocean is in full transformation and because of the human activity. Did you know that plankton, the group of organism invisible to the naked eyes, produces over 50% of the oxygen we breathe? Yes, but searchers showed that plankton is in danger because of the increase of the ingestion of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Oceans are yet a gold mine for human health: it houses a large number of fascinating organism and active molecules with properties studied on a daily basis.

A focus will be completed on the biodiversity in extreme environments, from deep seabeds to the frozen waters of the Astral oceans! If we though they were desert, they actually house original life forms suited to the dark, cold… Let’s take for example the dragonfish, (idiacanthus atlanticus) that lives in a deep sea, between -2000m and -2800m. It produces its own light thanks to its light sourcing organs!

This exhibition is the occasion for meetings, screenings and activities to raise awareness about oceans.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 23 January 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 3 April 2019 to 5 January 2020



    36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
    75005 Paris 5

    tarif réduit: 9 €
    tarif plein: 12 €
    pass famille: 35 €

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