A grandiose institution indeed, housing all manner of fossils, animal skeletons, reptiles, and much more.
A Siberian mammoth is here to greet you.
One of the permanent collections that forms part of the Palais Longchamps in the Museum of Natural History, created in 1819 and considered one of the best museums of its kind in Europe. Greeting you at the entrance is a gigantic mammoth skeleton from what is today Siberia, but that's just the beginning of a sometimes surprising collection of fossilised animals and accompanying historical documentation, much of it dating back to the 19th century when many of the first major paleontological and naturalist discoveries were made. There's extensive material relating to botany, as well as more than 40,000 prehistoric fossils of reptiles, great mammals, birds, and fish from five continents. The museum is closed Monday and holidays, with hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the entrance fee is 5 euros.