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

Gems exhibition (event suspended)

from 16 September 2020 to 14 June 2021

36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire - 75005 Paris

Quartier Latin - 5e Arrondissement


This ‘precious stones’ exhibition, which runs from 16 September 2020 to 14 June 2021 at the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, presents more than 700 minerals, gems, objets d'art and jewellery creations, including some from Van Cleef & Arpels.

The show enables visitors to understand the how minerals are formed, the place that precious stones occupy in society, whether they are instruments of power and seduction or subjects of scientific research, and learn about the latest discoveries in the field. A programme of encounters, workshops, lectures, and screenings runs alongside the exhibition.


All public

Prices and times

From 10am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesday

€12. Reduced rate: €9. Family rate: €35

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

  • Subway - Jussieu
  • RER - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • SNCF - Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Bus - 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89, 91
  • No parking here 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
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

- 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
- 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. Floor-level entrance or ramp, lowered and adapted reception desk, adapted toilets with grab rail and adapted sink.
- Visual impairment: in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, tactile plans are available to discover about 15 bronze animal sculptures (freely accessible).
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. Glass walls and doors marked with contrasting elements, stairs with visual and tactile contrast before first step down and with continuous hand rail and marked edges of steps, lift with adapted keypad (buttons in relief and/or Braille) and speaker to announce floor numbers.
- 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. Fire alarm accompanied by flashing lights in areas where a deaf or hard of hearing person may be alone, such as in toilets.
- Mental disability: multi-sensory elements that are fun and interactive, simplified guides and tours. Trained/educated staff, easy to understand signs, entrance monitored with CCTV and visible from reception/

For more information:
Click the following link, then go to "Accessibility" and select your disability.

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