In the “Jardin des Plantes” (see previous post), originally created as a Royal Medicinal Plant Garden during the 17th century and quite soon opened to the public, you can find several buildings being part of the National Museum of Natural History, founded in 1793, during the Revolution. Actually the museum comprises 14 sites all over France, but the major ones may be the ones in the “Jardin des Plantes”, including the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy… and especially the Grand Gallery of Evolution in a building which stood ready at the same time as the Eiffel Tower, in 1889.
There are some 7000 animal species to be seen, still existing or not. The museum was recently modernized, still respecting the original architecture. Also, there are a lot of “toys” and modern equipment (functioning!), to the delight of kids …
… as I could notice during a visit with my grandkids in late August.
In a separate part of the park, there is a little “zoo”. I posted about it already.