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Things to do in summer in Paris

National Museum of Natural History and Jardin des Plantes

The French National Museum of Natural History, founded during the French Revolution but established already in 1635, is the National Natural Museum  of France, composed of 12 sites throughout the Country, with four sites located in Paris.

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The main museum is situated in the 5th arrondissement at the Jardin des Plantes, one of the seven departments of the National Museum of Natural History. Here there are laboratories, exhibition galleries, a zoo and educational institutions. In fact, this is also a botanical school where scientists construct gardens to make research about biotic diversity. The museum is committed to two main missions related to nature and environmental awareness.

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First of all, it is a research centre of the Sorbonne University: here, researchers do laboratory work, but also organize worlwide expeditions to collect evidence for their studies and to expand its collection. You will find taxidermists conducting experiments on specimens, gardeners trying to growing plants in different climates, and many other experts working in order to promote nature.
The other mission is to share knowledge through educational activities and experiments, in order to make understand easily to everyone the importance of nature and its protection.
Accessible every day except on Tuesdays, from 10am to 6pm, this is an interesting and educational idea for both a family or a school trip.

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Palais de la Découverte

The Palais de la Découverte is a science museum dedicated to educational activities and experiments, reason why it is a popular attraction for many school trips to Paris.

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Located in the west side of the Grand Palais, 8th arrondissement, it was built in 1937, while in 2010 it was combined with the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie to form the Universcience institution. Today it hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions and it is open from Tuesday to Sunday. In this museum, you will assist to interactive experiments of mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology and biology, all explained by scientists.
Experiments are carried out in specific and equipped rooms. Here are some of the activities organized by the museum.
Planetarium: in this cupola, there is reproduction of the skies and its stars. Here, you will also be able to observe visible galactic and extra-galactic elements in space.
Chemistry Room: it is composed of different sections, where you will experience wonderful chemical phenomena and understand better the composition of the world.

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Earth Science Room: here you will learn everything about climate change, volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, but also about spieces evolution.
Mathematics Room: in this section you will definitely enjoy maths, solving problems and playing games with experts.
Physics Room: you will assist to experiments in different rooms related to electromagnetism, nuclear physics, fluids etc..
Life Sciences Room: it is an area dedicated to the analysis of communication between animals and the composition of the human body.
Eureka Room: it contains recreational acivities dealing with visual and tactile illusions, memory tests and physic experiences.
Digital and IT Room: here experts hold conferences and workshops about technology.