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The Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris

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Want to uncover a different facet of Paris? Head for the Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes to get a taste of exotism in the heart of the French capital.

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Short history of the Greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes

To return to the origins of the Jardin des Plantes, let’s jump back several centuries. The current garden is indeed located on the exact site of the former Royal Garden of medicinal plants, created in 1635, and which would later become the Museum national d’histoire naturelle (National Museum of Natural History), to which the Greenhouses now belong.

The Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants has included several greenhouses, orangeries and winter gardens ever since the 17th century. But the buildings that are now home to the greenhouses were not built until much later, between 1834 and 1937. New buildings were added to the complex in 1995-1997, before the greenhouses were completely renovated in 2010.

Exterior of the greenhouses of the Jardin des plantes

Visiting the greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes

Located in the Jardin des Plantes, the Greenhouses are five in total. Only four are open to visitors, the 5th is a nursery reserved for the botanists and gardeners of the National Museum of Natural History.

Each of the greenhouses recreates a different ecosystem. Visitors are invited to dive into:

  • the tropics
  • the desert
  • New Caledonia
  • The 4th greenhouse traces the history of the evolution of plants

If the greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes is heaven on earth for plant-enthusiasts, no need to be a connoisseur to appreciate the visit. The explanatory panels are easy to understand and accessible to all, explanations are neither too long nor too short.

The Greenhouses are one of the Captain’s favorites in Paris.

The tropical greenhouse

The first of the four greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes recreates the ecosystem of the tropical rainforests. With its luxuriant plants and trees from Africa, Asia and America (epiphytes, lianas, ferns, orchids and banana trees) the greenhouse looks just like the jungle.

It is also home to a beautiful waterfall. Stairs on either side of the waterall lead up to a vantage point from which you’ll have a beautiful view of the greenhouse. That’s also where you’ll find the passage to get to he greenhouse dedicated to the vegetation of New Caledonia.

The arid greenhouse

Adjacent to the tropical greenhouse, this 2nd greenhouse is entirely dedicated to desert and to arid environments, from the Sahara to the United States, from Australia to Mexico, with cacti and succulents.

The air is here just as hot as in the tropical greenhouse, but much drier, and the climate change from one greenhouse to another is striking!

The New Caledonian greenhouse

The 3rd of the greenhouses of the Jardin des Plantes is entirely devoted to New Caledonia and its numerous endemic species (species that can be found exclusively in a given country or territory).

Five environments are here represented, a sign of the incredible diversity of New Caledonian flora: the savannah, mangrove, mining scrub, dry forest and humid forest.

The historical greenhouse

The last greenhouse traces the history of plants. If botany is not your forte, don’t panic! The explanations are simple and understandable: everyone can enjoy the visit, connoisseurs and neophytes alike.

Visitors are invited to discover representatives of ancestral species, fossils of plants and reconstructions of plants that have disappeared.

Practical information

Getting to the Jardin des Plantes

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris the Jardin des Plantes is very easily accessible by public transport:

  • The metro/RER stations Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C), Censier Daubenton (line 7) and Jussieu (line 10) are all within walking distance.
  • Buses 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 and 91 all stop at the Jardin des Plantes.

The Batobus, a river shuttle on the Seine, also passes by the Jardin des Plantes. As you can imagine, this is Captain Ulysses’ favorite option! ⛵

When your back is to the entrance of the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), the Greenhouses are located right in the middle of the park that’s in front of you.

Opening hours

The greenhouses are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25. They may exceptionally be closed to the public in the event of severe weather or heat waves.

Jardin des Plantes - arid greenhouse

Admission tickets

The entrance ticket includes access to the greenhouses and the Botanical Gallery.

Tickets are available at the price of €7 per adult / €5 for the reduced rate. Admission is free for EU visitors under 25 years of age, chidren under 3, visitors with

disabilities, holders of a full-fare ticket which was purchased less than 3 months before for one of the other sites of the Jardin des Plantes, the Musée de l’Homme and the Paris Zoo) .

There are also two specific packages:

  • – Tribe (20 €), valid for 2 adults and 2 children from 3 to 25 years of age
  • 3-day tickets (full price 25 €; reduced are 15 €), giving access to all sites of the Jardin des Plantes and the Musée de l’Homme during 3 consecutive days


At certain times of the year, 20-minute guided tours are offered to visitors with tickets.

👉 Find out more on the official website of the Jardin des Plantes.

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