Nuit des Musées 2024 in Paris: the Natural History Museum's Grande Galerie de l'Evolution

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis, Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Margot de Sortiraparis · Published on May 16th, 2024 at 09:44 p.m.
The Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de Paris is taking part in the Nuit des Musées, this Saturday, May 18, 2024. A great opportunity to rediscover the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, free of charge! Here's the detailed program for this nocturne!

For Nuit des Musées 2024, don't hesitate to visit the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, where you'll discover some 7,000 preserved animals, offering a panorama of species from the four corners of the globe, some of them extinct or on the brink of extinction.

In a magnificent building dating from 1877, we are greeted by the skeletons of the southern right whale and the blue whale, before exploring the world of mammals, with giraffes, elephants, zebras and hyenas populating the Museum's aisles. Some of these naturalized animals are over 300 years old. They were brought back by French expeditions (from 1762 to the 19th century) to analyze vertebrates from all over the world!

Away from the city, we rediscover the grandeur of the animal kingdom in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution . Come face-to-face with 7,000 animals, and observe their frozen gaze, sometimes sad, sometimes aggressive! Beware, they could well come to life at nightfall! From aquatic fauna to the great caravan of animals of the African savannah, from tropical forests to extinct animals, take advantage of Museum Night to (re)discover the permanent collections of this magical place. In an exceptional architectural setting, the thousands of specimens on display make this a unique place to marvel at and explore the origins of life, the diversity of species and the place of humans in nature.

The Nuit des Musées 2024 program at the Natural History Museum's Grande Galerie de l'Evolution

  • Visit to the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
    Saturday, May 18, 7:00 pm

    Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

    They don't speak, but they say everything about life. These are the 7,000 larger-than-life specimens in the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution. A mythical place renovated in 1994, where modernity meets history and science, to tell the story of the great adventure of biodiversity.

    Free admission to the permanent exhibition of the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution. From 7pm. Last admission at 11pm.

The Muséum is always a safe bet, enchanting young and old alike. Why not take a trip there this Nuit des Musées?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On May 18th, 2024

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    75005 Paris 5


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