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.
57 rue Cuvier
Gare d'Austerlitz, Jussieu
Jardin des Plantes: free. Adult rate: €5. Reduced rate: €3
+33 (0) 1 40 79 37 94