Zoo & aquarium

La Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des plantes - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

Place Valhubert - 75005 Paris

Quartier Latin - 5e Arrondissement


Are you looking for a family outing that's both fun and educational? Why not visit the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes?
This zoo, created in 1794 at the heart of the capital in a former royal garden, is one of the oldest zoos in the world when it comes to its architectural heritage. When it was created, it housed the animals from the Ménagerie Royale de Versailles and the animals seized from fairgrounds. Over time, the zoo has evolved; bears, big cats, reptiles and many other animals have come to extend this big family.
With only 5.5 hectares of land to offer to various species, the Ménagerie takes care of small animals and continues to be a place of study and preservation. Visit the monkey and ape enclosure, the big cat enclosure and the vivariums, and take the time to admire some of the animals which are in danger of extinction or which no longer exist in the wild.

Architectural style

  • 1930
  • XIXè siècle


  • Animaux
  • Sciences naturelles


The Jardin des Plantes is one of the MNHN’s Paris locations, alongside the Musée de l’Homme and the Paris Zoological Park The Jardin des Plantes consists of twenty-four hectares of botanical gardens. Nestled in vegetation, it provides a window onto biological diversity, both familiar and exotic, rare and commonplace.
Woven throughout this haven of greenery are cultural sites dedicated to nature and to showcasing the fr’s exceptional heritage collections. Historic museums and sites explore issues of biodiversity and geodiversity:
The Gallery of Evolution, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology.

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Coach park
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools

Languages spoken

  • English

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

€13. Reduced rate: €10.

Group tour

Reduced rate from 20 people

Free for young people and children

Free for under 3s from countries within the European Union

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Chèque Vacances

Other methods of payment: Chèques, espèces

Opening times

Hours vary depending on the season. Opening at 9am. Closed at 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm or 6.30pm.

Exceptional opening

  • 1 January
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 1 May
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November
  • 25 December

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La Ménagerie, le zoo du Jardin des plantes - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

Place Valhubert
75005 Paris

  • Subway - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • RER - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • SNCF - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Bus - 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89, 91

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

- Any disability: permanent exhibitions open to the public (except for tactile tours), guided tours, workshops with lecturers. For the disabled, guided tours and workshops use material and educational resources specifically designed for the public. Audio guides and adapted itineraries can be downloadable from http://www.museesenliberte.fr/index.php.
- Motor disability: entrance on the same level or with sloping plane, reception/cash desk with a low and hollowed-out reception bank in the lower part, adapted sanitary facilities equipped with a transfer bar and a washbasin with a hollowed-out lower part (outside the Menagerie, next to the entrance).
- Visual disability: no obstacles to the face when circulating, "animal" information panels in large print, displayed at a reasonable height.
- Hearing disability: guided tours and workshops in French Sign Language, led by deaf speakers. All multimedia devices and videos including spoken audio language are subtitled in French and English text and translated into French Sign Language. Luminous flashes coupled with an audible fire alarm (where a deaf person may be alone as a toilet facility).
- Mental disability: trained/aware staff, signage that is easy to understand, supervised entrance door, visible from the reception/cash desk.


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