Grande Galerie de l’Evolution

The National History Museum in Paris might just be the most spectacular Museum I’ve ever visited…

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Located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris’s 5th arrondissement, the Natural History Museum is a collection of pavilions housing exhibits on anatomy, fossils, mineralogy, geology and (shudder) insects. You could easily spend a week exploring the various offerings but our time was limited so we focused in on the best the museum has to offer – the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution and the Galeries d’anatomie Compare et de Paleontologie (more on the Galeries d’anatomie in tomorrow’s post).

The Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is absolutely amazing and a truly unique, engaging space that brings history to life. FYI: most of the exhibit information is in French but it’s presented in a way that doesn’t need narration and can be enjoyed entirely with your eyes.

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…before ascending the staircases to the central hall – the museum’s main showpiece.

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Every creature imaginable is proudly displayed and so realistic they look as though they’ll come to life at any moment.

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We wandered aimlessly, just taking it all in.

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In addition to the central gallery there are offshoots displaying even more exotic creatures.

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But we kept finding ourselves drawn back to the main event as the room changed colours, transforming before our eyes.

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We weren’t the only ones checking it out from every angle!

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We were there mid-afternoon on a rainy Saturday and still had plenty of room to roam. A fabulous place to hide away from the spring showers and one of my favourite parts of the trip.

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Tomorrow I’m taking you into the bone yard. You won’t want to miss it!

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