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Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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Can you imagine a zoo that opened in the 18th century (1794) staying operational till this very day? Yes, Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes Paris is that old!

You can learn about an extensive range of creatures, some even endangered, in Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes.

The Ménagerie has 1200 occupants, including Red pandas, snow leopards, Arabian oryx, orangutans, pythons, Aldabra Giant Tortoises, flamingos, and many more!

Housing almost 150 different species, this place is unique and one of its kind. 

This article covers everything you should know before booking tickets for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes.

Menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes

What to expect at Ménagerie

A Walk Through Jardin des Plantes and the Menagerie, Paris

At a place as rich in diversity of creatures and historic as Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes Paris, you can expect an enriching day with your family. 

Diverse animals

Encounter a fascinating array of animals, including big cats, primates, giraffes, reptiles, and vibrant bird species, showcasing the zoo’s diverse collection worldwide.

Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes provides home-like conditions for Red pandas, Przewalski horses, Amur and clouded leopards, primates, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Educational experience

Explore informative exhibits that provide insights into animal behavior, conservation efforts, and the importance of wildlife preservation.

Learn about the challenges faced by these creatures and gain a comprehensive understanding of their lives.

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Where to book tickets 

Tickets for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes Paris are available online and at the attraction.

You can also buy your tickets at the attraction, but it is always better to book your tickets online in advance.

We recommend online booking because you can get exciting discounts.

Do not waste your time waiting in those long annoying queues anymore!

Avoid last minute delays and disappointments with advance online booking.

How do online tickets work

Go to Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes Paris booking page, select your preferred date and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email. 

There is no requirement to bring any printouts.

You can walk in and show the ticket on your smartphone.

Ticket cost

Entrance tickets for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes are priced €13 for people above 26 years.

For people between three to 25 years, the entrance tickets cost €10.

Entry is free for kids below three years and disabled visitors (including their caretaker with valid ID).

Discount tickets

Discounted tickets are available for EU visitors under 26, Education Pass holders, and French job-seekers on site.

Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes tickets

Menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes tickets
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Buy the tickets and step into the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, a captivating world of animal diversity. 

The Ménagerie is rich in diversity with over 1,200 occupants, including 200 tortoises, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and other endangered species. 

Explore this historic zoo’s remarkable buildings, such as the Bear Pit, Rotonde, Reptile House, and Great Aviary, dating back to the 19th century.

Learn about the threats facing biodiversity and the importance of conservation. 

Don’t miss the chance to meet rare species and attend special events where you can meet the keepers and raise awareness about the planet’s biodiversity. 

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (26+ years): €13
Entrance Ticket (3 to 25 years): €10
Kids Ticket (up to 3 years): Free
Disabled People and Caretakers: Free

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Combo tickets

Combo tickets offer you access to multiple attractions at great discounts. 

Here are some combos you can buy with the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes ticket.

Grande Galerie de l’Évolution + Zoo Jardin des Plantes

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution + Zoo Jardin des Plantes
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Distance: 4 minutes by car

Time taken: 0.8 miles (1.3 km)

After your visit to the place that has real animals, have a visit to a place that is famous for preserved animal specimens!

Step into the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution in Paris, a giant 19th-century hall within the Natural History Museum. 

Discover a world of biodiversity and natural wonders as you encounter 7,000 preserved animal specimens, from elephants to insects, and explore four floors of captivating exhibits. 

Learn about famous naturalists, witness the fascinating interaction between man and nature, and marvel at the unique sight of a car smashed by a meteorite. 

Ticket Cost: €23

Grévin Wax Museum + Zoo Jardin des Plantes

Grévin Wax Museum + Zoo Jardin des Plantes
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Distance: 19 minutes by car

Time taken: 2.8 miles (4.5 km)

Step into the star-studded world of the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris. 

Encounter lifelike wax figures of celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and historical icons. 

Explore scenes from 19th and 20th-century France and immerse yourself in interactive experiences. 

Get up close to over 200 figures, including Hollywood stars, French actors, and sporting legends. 

Create unforgettable memories as you mingle with the famous and capture the magic of the Grévin Wax Museum.

Ticket Cost: €39

Aquarium de Paris + Zoo Jardin des Plantes

Aquarium de Paris + Zoo Jardin des Plantes
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Distance: 19 minutes by car

Time taken: 4 miles (6.5 km)

Explore the mesmerizing Paris Aquarium (Cinéaqua), just minutes from the Eiffel Tower. 

Get into a world of marine wonders with over 13,000 aquatic creatures from Tahiti and the nearby Seine River. 

Marvel at mermaids swimming alongside colorful fish and touch ornamental fish at the petting pond. 

Discover a historic aquarium with scientific exploration and captivating exhibits, including sharks and vibrant tropical species. 

Ticket Cost: €38

Paris Zoo + Zoo Jardin des Plantes

Paris Zoo + Zoo Jardin des Plantes
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Distance: 1 minute by car

Time taken: 0.18 miles (300 m)

Experience a captivating animal-centric adventure at Parc Zoologique de Paris.

Explore diverse habitats, from the Sudan Plain to Patagonia’s rocky coastlines. 

With ample space for the animals to roam freely across 14.5 hectares, encounter lions, giraffes, penguins, and more. 

Don’t miss the tropical rainforest-filled greenhouse and designated dining spots. 

Formerly known as Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, this revitalized attraction offers a delightful escape into the world of wildlife.

Ticket Cost: €33

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How to reach Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes

Ménagerie is located on the northwestern side of the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden.

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France. Get Directions

By Bus

Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes is only five minutes from the Cuvier – Jardin des Plantes bus stop (Buses: 67, 89).

It is only a five-minute walk from the Gare d’Austerlitz bus stop (Buses: 63).

By Subway

The Ménagerie is only a five-minute walk from the Jussieu subway station (Subway services: 7, 10).

It is only a 10-minute walk from the Cardinal Lemoine subway station (Subway services: 10).

By Car

If you’re driving by car, turn on Google Maps and get started!

For information regarding the nearest parking lot, click here.


From Monday to Saturday, Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes stays open from 10 am to 6 pm.

It stays open from 10 am to 6.30 pm on Sundays and public holidays. 

How long does the tour take

On average, visitors spend two to three hours exploring the zoo.

However, it may vary depending on the individual and their interests.

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes
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The best time to visit Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes is early morning when it opens, i.e., 7.30 am.

Early mornings have relatively less crowd.

Visiting the zoo on weekdays is best to avoid overcrowding and have a peaceful day out.

FAQs about Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes

Here are some frequently asked questions about Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes.

Where can I book my tickets for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes?

You can book your online tickets for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes here.

When will be the last admission into the Menagerie?

It is better not to plan your visit in the evenings because the last admission is 45 minutes before closing. So plan for an early morning visit if possible.

Should I bring my ticket printouts?

No, there is no need to bring printouts of your tickets. You can just show your tickets  on your smartphone on the day of your visit.

Is it mandatory to reserve a time slot  for Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes visit in advance?

Yes, due to capacity management, you must reserve a timeslot in advance on the official website after booking.

Can I bring outside food or snacks to the Ménagerie? 

Outside food or snacks is allowed within the designated picnic areas of the Ménagerie. 

However, it’s important to dispose of any waste properly and respect the cleanliness of the zoo.

Is there parking available at the Ménagerie?

No, Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes does not provide any dedicated parking facility.

However, you can find nearby parking places here.

Can I adopt or sponsor an animal at the Ménagerie? 

Some zoos, including the Ménagerie, offer adoption or sponsorship programs where visitors can support and contribute to the care of specific animals. 

These programs often provide additional perks and benefits to the sponsors.

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