For christmas, the paris Jardin des Plantes puts on its magical costume for the pleasure and wonder of the whole family. Every year, the Jardin des Plantes light festival presents a nocturnal light walk in a magical atmosphere. Gigantic statues of animals illuminated as soon as night falls take over the place. Christmas lights in the heart of the zoo with extend the change of scenery.
During the illumination festival, the National Museum of Natural History invites visitors to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris on a spectacular journey through time. A nocturnal, spectacular and illuminating journey through time. An excursion into the fantastic story of life.
Designed and imagined in conjunction with paleontologists from the National Museum of Natural History, the illumination festival combines art, science and poetry. You can admire past biodiversity while letting yourself be carried away by the magic of the lights.
To celebrate Christmas, the Park offers a program where the marvelous mingle with conviviality. Young and old can come and admire the illuminated decorations of the zoo, enjoy the large ephemeral night park, and attend the “Christmas of the animals”.
Special evenings was organized to prolong the magic of Christmas at the Paris Jardin des Plantes: on the occasion of these three dates, once the visit route is closed, the evening continue at the entrance of the zoo, with the illumination of the Christmas tree and a unique magical show. radiant dancers in costumes of light, come to enchant these end-of-year celebrations through their luminescent bubbles.
The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) is a French establishment for teaching, research and dissemination of naturalist scientific culture such as life sciences, Earth sciences, anthropology and derived disciplines.
November 16, 2018 – January 15, 2019
The Jardin des Plantes in Paris is offering a new event by hosting its Species in the Path of Illumination festival of lights for the first time. As the end-of-year celebrations approach, the illuminations amaze Parisians and tourists, young and old, every year in various key locations in the capital. Magical and friendly, this event allows you to discover the Jardin des Plantes autement, every evening from 6 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
For the very first time in its history, the Jardin des Plantes is offering a nocturnal walk in the light of monumental luminous structures, which can reach 15 meters in height. This Festival of Lights On the way to illumination offers an experience as rare as it is unusual for visitors in search of enchantment; an illuminated walk.
The Jardin des Plantes is adorned with a thousand lights and offers a nocturnal walk in the light of monumental luminous structures. A nocturnal walk that enlightens the consciences and faces. An exhibition that enlighten the conscience and shows how important it is to preserve our fauna and flora.
As soon as you enter Valhubert, near Austerlitz station, spectacular lanterns representing animals that disappeared 65 million years ago, tyrannosaurus, triceratop and velociraptor, welcome visitors. Then come the mammoths and the saber-toothed tigers, which disappeared more recently under the pressure of the first human civilizations, as well as others such as the thylacine (Tasmanian wolf) which did not survive the 20th century.
After encountering endangered species, the visitor enters the Menagerie by crossing a gigantic white shark 30 meters long. Strolling through the Jardin des Plantes zoo allows you to discover the diversity of the animal world, illustrated by emblematic species such as pandas, elephants and giraffes.
The route is punctuated by live shows on the theme of nature and workshops for children who can build and decorate lanterns to take home as a souvenir. Facades of buildings and trees are decorated and illuminated with dynamic devices, adding to the magic of the show which was one of the major events of the Parisian illuminations for the end of the year celebrations.
Ocean on the Way to Illumination
November 18, 2019 – January 19, 2020.
The National Museum of Natural History presents “Ocean in the process of illumination”, a nocturnal, magical, and illuminating odyssey in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes. With nearly 370,000 visitors for its first edition, Species in the process of illumination was placed in 2018 at the top of the must-see outings during the end-of-year celebrations in Paris. In 2019, the Museum continues the adventure by offering an experience as rare as it is unusual to walkers in search of enchantment with Ocean in the process of illumination.
“Ocean in the process of illumination”, a nocturnal, magical, and illuminating odyssey in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, to meet the inhabitants of the oceans, from November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020. This new night-time journey En route d’illumination, open to the public every evening from 6 p.m., highlights the marine world, echoing the major exhibition Ocean, an unusual dive, currently on display at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.
This year, in the paths of the Garden and the Menagerie, your steps lead you to discover the wonders of the oceans . Departing from Place Valhubert, you discover the inhabitants of the coast, the splendor of the warm seas; then you dive to discover strange creatures in the mysterious universe of the abyss before finally ascending towards the icy seas of the poles…
From the clownfish to the killer whale – this magnificent predator of the Arctic oceans, from mantis shrimps to sea turtles, from the strange ogre fish of the depths to the great white shark, dozens of creatures surprise you in this artistic and poetic installation . 50 paintings and hundreds of monumental light structures are to be discovered along a route featuring four marine environments.
Evolution on the Way to Enlightenment
November 29, 2021 – January 30, 2022
The Museum dedicate the 3rd edition of its “On the way to enlightenment ” series to the amazing species that have marked the history of life, during an unprecedented, poetic nocturnal journey and educational.
This year, in the paths of the Jardin des Plantes and the Ménagerie, your steps take you on a spectacular journey through time. You cross 600 million years of evolution, encountering fascinating forms of life. Travel 600 million years in one evening with this new immersive night walk, dedicated to the evolution of life. All the species that are revealed to you here did indeed exist but all have now disappeared. They have come down to us thanks to their fossils, studied among others by the paleontologists of the Museum.
Evolution on the way to enlightenment combines art, science and poetry. You was able to admire past biodiversity while letting yourself be carried away by the magic of the lights. More than a hundred new light structures are to be discovered along a route featuring four geological times. You see “celebrities” from the past, such as dinosaurs, but also little-known species that surprise you with their amazing shapes and unique ways of life.
The origins of life (from -3,700 to -490 million years ago)
The journey begins from Place Valhubert with an immersion in the Precambrian and Cambrian times. Between the formation of the Earth and the first evidence of life, almost a billion years pass! During the following 3 billion years, life remains confidential, and is exclusively marine.
Primary era (from -490 to -250 million years)
The route continues in the Paleozoic. Organisms begin to adapt to the terrestrial environment: first small plants, then animals including insects and vertebrates.
Secondary era (from -250 to -66 million years ago)
In the Mesozoic, there was a boom in biodiversity, especially dinosaurs. These strange, sometimes gigantic “terrible lizards” reigned supreme during the Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Tertiary era (from -66 million years ago to the present day)
The walk ends in the Cenozoic. Intense volcanism and the fall of a gigantic meteorite upset biodiversity. Some species are disappearing, such as “non-bird” dinosaurs and ammonites. Mammals, hitherto very small, become dominant among terrestrial vertebrates and increasingly diverse.