National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) & your Hotel in Paris

National Museum of Natural History in Paris

National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris
Tel: 33 (0) 1 40 79 30 00
Access: Metro Lines 5 & 10 Austerlitz Station; Metro Lines 7 & 10 Jussieu Station; RER C Austerlitz Station


The National Museum of Natural History or Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) is situated in the 5th arrondissement and makes up a part of the popular Latin quarter of Paris. Today, the MNHN is one of the most visited places in the list of major tourist attractions in Paris. Located on the left riverbank and close to Jardin des Plantes, the MNHN is within walking distance of several metro stations. For your convenience, Heart of Paris Hotels recommends several rooms at attractive rates near this museum in the Latin quarter.

The MNHN's origins as a royal garden dates back to the 18th century during the French Revolution. Having survived the revolution, the museum became a focal point for natural history and scientific research. At present, the museum comprises of seven branches, some of which are located in different districts of the French capital. Jardin des Plantes, Grand Gallery of Evolution, Gallery of Paleontology and Compared Anatomy, Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology and the Ménagerie are all in the 5th arrondissement of Paris whereas the Museum of Man and the Paris Zoo may be found in the 16th and 12th arrondissements, respectively.

The MNHN is also a great place for family outings. A part of the Grand Gallery of Evolution, its Galerie des Enfants (Gallery for Children) is a dedicated learning area for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Children, and parents alike, have the opportunity to understand the history of man and the world while also trying out the urban biodiversity trails in the Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes. The Ménagerie, a zoo in middle of the French capital, is a well-known area for taking a nice walk and discovering exotic animals and insects.

The MNHN's location in the Latin quarter makes it a popular stop for visitors in Paris. Heart of Paris Hotels proposes quality accommodations close to the museum and other major attractions in the French capital.

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