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Grande Galerie de l’Évolution – what to expect, tickets, prices, timings, FAQs

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Located within the Jardin des Plantes is Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, a Natural History Museum where you can learn about nearly 7000+ species. 

This is one place where you can time travel backward and see how different animals and birds evolved and then vanished!

The Gallery of Evolution is a family-friendly museum and a must-visit if you and your kids love wildlife and nature. 

In this article, we’ll share everything you should know while booking tickets for the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution – from what one can expect on a visit to booking tickets, opening hours, and much more!

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

What to expect 

At Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, be ready to see specimens of Elephants, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Polar Bears, Insects, and many more animals. 

Trace the evolution of various animals and birds strolling through four floors featuring mind-blowing exhibits.

Level 0: The diversity of life – Marine habitats

On Ground Floor, get closer to the gigantic Southern Right Whale, Blue Whale, Wheke, Tuna, and Mackerel.

Level 1: The diversity of life – Terrestrial habitats

On First Floor, see various terrestrial mammals from the Saharan, Arctic, Antarctic, and Tropical regions. 

You can spot Giraffes, Hyenas, Cheetahs, Zebras, Armadillo, Anacondas, Fennec Fox, etc, here. 

Level 2: Man’s Role in Evolution

On Second Floor, it’s time for you to learn about Lamarck, Darwin, and Mendel’s incredible contribution to science via the theory of evolution, genetic laws, family ties, and species classification. 

Level 3: The evolution of life

On Third Floor, step inside the minds of geniuses like Buffon, Lamarck, Cuvier, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, and Darwin and trace the history of evolution. 

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Where to book tickets 

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution Paris tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth or online

However, we strongly recommend that our guests make reservations online for assured entry.

When you book online tickets, you can select a date beforehand and plan your tour accordingly. 

The best part about online tickets is that you get discounts helping you save a little money. 

Also, you don’t have to tire yourself out standing in queues to get tickets. 

How do online tickets work? 

Go to the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution ticket booking page, select the date, exhibits you wish to see, and the number of tickets, and click the Book Now button!

Upon payment, the tickets will be emailed to you.

On the day of your tour, show the ticket at the entrance, and you can walk in!

Ticket price

The cost of tickets to Grande Galerie de l’Évolution in Paris depends on the exhibits and collections guests select to see. 

If you wish to see only the permanent collection, guests aged 26 years and above pay €10 for entry. 

Guests between three to 25 years, kids up to three years, French jobseekers, disabled visitors, and their carers get free admission. 

For exploring the permanent collection and Félins exhibition, guests over 26 can buy tickets at €13 while those between three to 25 years pay just €10. 

Children under three years need not buy an admission ticket and can walk in for free!

Discount tickets

Online tickets to the Paris Gallery of Evolution are available at amazing discounts, which we don’t want you to miss!

To discover the permanent collection of Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, visitors between three to 25 years, kids up to three years, French jobseekers, guests with reduced mobility, and their carers receive a 100% discount, i.e., free entry!

To view the permanent collection, including the Félins exhibition, guests aged three to 25 can get a ticket at a reduced price (€3 discount). 

Also, reduced tickets for temporary exhibitions and family can be purchased onsite. 

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution tickets

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution tickets
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With the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution ticket, get access to a Natural Historical Museum that transports you to a world where you’ll find yourself surrounded by a wide variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles. 

The Gallery of Evolution, spread across four floors, is packed with Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos, Zebras, and many other animals, and on every floor, you’ll experience something unique. 

Come and look at the fossils of these species and trace the historical evolution of these animals. 

This ticket gives you access to only the Gallery of Evolution and not Children’s Gallery and Virtual Reality Room.

Permanent Collection 

Guests 26+ years: €10
Guests 3 to 25 years: Free
Kids up to 3 years: Free
Disabled Visitors + Carer: Free
French Jobseekers: Free

Permanent Collection + Félins Exhibition 

Guests 26+ years: €13
Guests 3 to 25 years: €10
Kids up to 3 years: Free

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Combo tickets

If you’re a local or international tourist, combo tickets are something you should know about.

There are a few iconic tourist attractions near Galerie de l’Évolution, some of which are just a few minutes walk away, and combo tickets can help you visit them all by booking just once!

You can buy a Gallery of Evolution ticket in combination with tickets for Zoo Jardin des Plantes, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, or Paris Zoo.

Combo tickets offer great discounts making them worth every penny!

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution + Zoo Jardin des Plantes

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution + Zoo Jardin des Plantes
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Distance: 600 meters (1968 feet)

Time Taken: Seven minutes by walk

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution and Zoo Jardin des Plantes are located in Jardin des Plantes, so when you’re visiting the Gallery of Evolution, we highly recommend you visit the zoo for a wholesome experience. 

While at the gallery, you see the dummies of animals and birds, but at Zoo Jardin des Plantes, you see the real species walking, playing, and eating. 

So get your Grande Galerie de l’Évolution + Zoo Jardin des Plantes combo ticket now and enhance your experience. 

Ticket Cost: €23

Cité des sciences et de l’industrie + Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie + Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
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Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)

Time Taken: 40 minutes by car

Visit the two most popular museums in Paris with this Cité des sciences et de l’industrie + Grande Galerie de l’Évolution combo ticket that offers a discount of up to 10%.

At Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, immerse yourself in the world of science and learn the concepts of energy, light, optics, and many more. 

Be ready to be blown away by interactive displays, games, hands-on experiments at the Science Museum, and creative animal exhibits at the Gallery of Evolution. 

Ticket Cost: €21

Paris Zoo + Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

Paris Zoo + Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
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Distance: 6 km (3.8 miles)

Time Taken: less than 30 minutes by car

After visiting Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, you can plan to go to Parc Zoologique de Paris (Paris Zoo) for an immersive and interactive wildlife experience. 

At Paris Zoo, you get to see a diverse range of species from all over the world, while at the Gallery of Evolution, you get a glimpse of the specimens of more than 7000 species. 

Ticket Cost: €30

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How to reach Grande Galerie de l’Évolution

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is in Jardin des Plantes. 

Address: 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris, France. Get Directions

You can reach the Gallery of Evolution by public transport or car. 

By Train

The Austerlitz train station is just a 6-minute walk away from the attraction. 

By Bus

Bus stop Austerlitz is within 10 minutes of walking distance, while the Buffon – La Mosquée is hardly a minute away. 

By Car

If you’re driving to Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, turn on Google Maps and get started!

Click here to view the nearby car parking garages. 


Grande Galerie de l’Évolution is open from 10 am to 6 pm all days of the week except on 

Tuesdays when it is closed. 

The last admission to the attraction is 45 minutes before the closing time. 

The Gallery of Evolution remains closed on 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December. 

How long does the tour take

It usually takes two hours to explore Grande Galerie de l’Évolution. 

But you can expect your stay to last longer when you’re here with the kids. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Grande Galerie de l’Évolution in Paris is at 10 am when the museum opens.

When you reach early, you will encounter fewer guests offering ample space and time to stroll across different floors. 

Consider going on weekdays rather than weekends for a richer, more relaxing experience.


Here are some questions visitors usually ask before visiting Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.  

Where is the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution in Paris? 

The Gallery of Evolution is in Jardin des Plantes, one of Paris’s most popular botanical gardens.

Where to book tickets for Galerie de l’Evolution?

Guests have two options to book tickets- onsite or online. If you want to book online tickets, click here.

Does Galerie de l’Evolution have locker facilities?

Yes! The museum has paid locker facility available for guests.

What is the cost of a ticket to the Galerie de l’Evolution?

The price of a ticket for the museum starts at €10 and varies depending on the age group.

How many floors does Galerie de l’Evolution have?

The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution building has a total of four floors- Ground Floor: The diversity of life – Marine habitats, First Floor: The diversity of life – Terrestrial habitats, Second Floor: Man’s role in evolution, and Third Floor: The evolution of life. 

Is Galerie de l’Evolution wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the museum is accessible to guests with reduced mobility. 

Is Galerie de l’Evolution offer free admission to kids?

Yes! Kids under three years get free entry to the museum.

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