A magical place to learn more about the evolution of species.
Like a theater of life, the Great Gallery of Evolution staged thousands of animal specimens. Larger than life, they tell the astonishing story of evolution in a grandiose setting.
Before becoming the Grand Gallery of Evolution, the former Gallery of Zoology (opened in 1889, same year as the Eiffel Tower) was being abandoned. It closed in1965 because of the WW2 damages, especially the huge glass roof that was destroyed, letting in the bad weather but also the sunshine. This shock treatment deteriorated all the naturalized specimens that were exposed there.
A gigantic work of taxidermy has been made to restate these naturalized animals, and the new Grand Gallery of Evolution was inaugurated in 1994.
Since its reopening, the collections of the Museum of Zoology appear in a new and dynamic angle : the evolution of life. They form a spectacular whole: 3000 specimens exposed in the nave, and 7000 all over the place. The 6 000 m2 of the permanent exhibition are divided between the central nave, the upper and middle balconies. Additional exhibitions are presented in the Hall of endangered species and extinct species, and also in the discovery room.
In this huge building light plays a most important role. The glass roof lets a calculated amount of brightness go through depending on the time of the day. All animals exposed receive targeted light rays contrasting with areas of darkness. A magical place, where you can go with children and see the wonderment in their eyes while they learn about the evolution of species them in a different way…