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Questions fréquentes

What is the relationship between the Musée de l’Homme and the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (National Museum of Natural History)?

The Museum brings together 12 sites throughout France including the Musée de l’Homme, the Jardin des Plantes and the Parc zoologique de Paris.

Within the Jardin des Plantes, 8 attractions are open to the public: the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Galerie des Enfants, the Galeries d’Anatomie comparée et de Paléontologie, the Galerie de Géologie et de Minéralogie, the Galerie de Botanique, the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes and the Ménagerie (the historic zoo of the Jardin des Plantes).

To find out more about the Museum (its history, missions, sites, etc.), visit the Museum’s website:

What is the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle?

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle is a cultural, scientific and professional public institution. It operates under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition.

At the crossroads between earth, life and human sciences, the Museum’s role is carried out through five key missions: conservation and expansion of its collections, research, higher education, expertise and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

To find out more about the Museum (its history, missions, sites, etc.), visit the “About the Museum” section.

What is the Musée de l’Homme?

The Musée de l’Homme is dedicated to understanding Mankind, its history and its future. The museum’s wealth and originality lie in its original way of working, designed by its founder Paul Rivet: a place bringing together a library, all of the ethnography, prehistory and anthropology collections dedicated to the human species, as well as a research and teaching mission.

The Galerie de l’Homme’s museography is organised into a visit circuit with three sections. The first section “Who are we?” explains what makes humans unique and diverse: body, thought, language and living together. The second highlight “Where do we come from?” enables us to go back to the origins of the species through an investigation that started a little over two centuries ago. Finally, “Where are we headed?”: a record of the transformations that mankind and the planet have gone through in the last 10,000 years leads us to question our own choices and those of humanity.

How can I avoid the cash desk queues?

Ticket vending machines are available to visitors at peak times at the entrance to the Museum, to the right of cash desks. You can also buy a skip-the-line ticket online on the Musée de l’Homme’s website or from the FNAC Network.

Does the Carte Culture grant me free entry?

As it is independent of the Ministry of Culture, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle offers neither free admission nor concessions for Carte Culture holders at any of its sites, including the Musée de l’Homme.

Is there a cloakroom ?

Due to health measures and the Vigipirate plan, lockers and changing rooms are currently unavailable. In addition, we do not accept visitors with suitcases (regardless of their size) or other large bags, for security reasons.

Are guide dogs allowed?

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed in the Musée de l’Homme to accompany disabled visitors. However, they must be kept on the lead. All other animals, even in baskets, are not allowed within the museum.

What payment methods are accepted at the cash desks?

We accept the following payment methods: cash, cheque, debit card/American Express, holiday vouchers and culture vouchers.

Are there set deals or reductions for families?

You can enjoy special rates by taking advantage of our Family Ticket if there are 4 of you (2 adults, 2 children); and if you are a regular visitor, consider getting an Annual Pass! You will enjoy benefits at the Musée de l’Homme as well as in the other galleries of the Jardin des Plantes, all of which are part of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. To find out more, take a look at the Annual pass & fixed rate ticket page.

Can I leave a pushchair at the cloakroom?

We cannot keep your pushchairs in the cloakroom. However, you can easily visit the museum with your pushchair. You will find changing tables in the Men’s and Ladies’ toilets on the 1st floor of the Galerie de l’Homme.

Are you a professional and want to borrow an object from the collection for the purpose of science or disseminating knowledge (exhibition, etc.)?

The collections on display and kept at the Musée de l’Homme are the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle’s collections. The Museum can regularly loan out its collections for research and for temporary exhibitions. All loan requests must be made via the Colhelper platform.

To find out more about the borrowing conditions and procedures, as well as all the information you need to make a request, visit the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle website.

What terms and conditions for reproductions and image rights apply to the collections?

All requests to use photographs and/or animated images of borrowed objects and/or specimens belonging to the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (for any type of use) must be made to the dedicated audiovisual department: phototheque[@]

All requests for permission to take photographs and/or videos on the premises of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and/or photograph or film the borrowed objects and/or specimens that are still protected by intellectual property provisions must be made to the dedicated department: tournage[@]