Grande Galerie de l'Évolution - Muséum national d 'Histoire naturelle | Exhibition

Bear species! Member

from 12 October 2016 to 19 June 2017

36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire - 75005 Paris

Quartier Latin - 5e Arrondissement

Espèces d'Ours, Paris © DR


An exhibition that looks at the history and habitat of these plantigrade animals and which reveals many aspects of bears to the public as well as addressing the issues of their development and survival in the world.

All eight species of bears living on the planet today are presented via some one hundred objects including three entire skeletons. 

An outdoor exhibition of photos, by Vincent Meunier, on the railings of the Jardin de l’École de Botanique – Jardin des Plantes, runs until May 14th.


All public

Prices and times

Open daily, except Tuesday and May 1st, from 10am to 6pm

€9 - €13

Methods of payment

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

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution - Muséum national d 'Histoire naturelle

Under the subdued light of an enormous glass roof, you can enjoy a spectacular display of life-like animals, which look almost as if they are moving! This permanent exhibition educates visitors about the diversity of the living world, the evolution of different organisms and man’s impact on the environment.

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Grande Galerie de l'Évolution - Muséum national d 'Histoire naturelle

36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 40 79 54 79 / 56 01

  • Subway - Censier - Daubenton
  • RER - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Bus - 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89, 91
  • No parking here until 2020 because of the renovation work underway at the Gare d'Austerlitz.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

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

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs

Accessibility information

-Physical disability: the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie des Enfants are wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets. The height of our furniture and layout has been specially thought through. The Paléontologie and Anatomie Comparée galleries are not accessible. Some other sites in the museum are partially accessible with an accompanying person (Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes).
-All disabilities: free entry to permanent exhibitions (except for tactile tours), guided tours, workshops with speakers. For those with a disability, our guided tours and workshops use materials and resources that are tailored to their audiences. Audio guides and adapted plans are available to download at
-Visual impairment: in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, tactile plans are available to discover about 15 bronze animal sculptures (free access).
A corian sign with bas-relief drawings and explanations in Braille accompany each sculpture. Each floor has maps and descriptive signs in contrasting colours, with large writing and relief text.
Audio impairment: guided tours and workshops in French Sign Language, lead by deaf tour guides. All the multimedia displays and videos with spoken audio are sub-titled in French and English and translated into French Sign Language.
Mental disability: poly-sensorial elements that are fun and interactive, simplified guides and tours.

For more information: (click on the top right)
Contact :
Wheelchair rental: +33 (0)1 40 79 54 79 (for the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, the Galerie des Enfants and the Jardin des Plantes).

Detailed description of accessibility at the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution is available on, and guaranteed by the Paris Île-de-France Regional Tourist Board.

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