Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Jardin des Plantes)
Originally known as the Jardin du Roi, the garden was founded in 1626 and planted by Guy de La Brosse, Louis XIII's physician, as a garden for medicinal herbs. Since then it has been expanded greatly and in 1739 the Comte de Buffon added a labyrinth which remains to this day; the Jardin still boasts the title of main botanical garden of France. On premises are a tropical greenhouse and the Museum of Natural History which includes the Great Gallery of Evolution and the Galleries of Mineralogy, Paleontology and comparative Anatomy. Don't miss the Ménagerie, the first and oldest civil zoological garden in the world, housing small animals in simulated natural habitats.
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Musée de l'Homme)
Heir to the Trocadero Museum of Ethnology, the Museum of Man has the largest French collections on the definition, history and life of man. It includes a four-story taxonomy wing, a building of skeletons and fossils and a separate structure devoted entirely to geology.
Quai Branly, Musée du
The Musée du quai Branly is a museum in Paris where you will find indigenous art from almost everywhere in the world except Europe. It showcases some of the best art and culture from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. The permanent collection contains 267,000 items, but a mere 3,500 of them are on display at time due to the sheer size of the collection. Also on the premises is an extensive library for your perusal.