The Museum of Mankind in Paris reopens!

  • © MNHN - Daniel Ponsard

  • © MNHN - Daniel Ponsard

  • © MNHN - Daniel Ponsard

The Museum of Mankind in Paris reopens! 17 place Trocadéro 75016 Paris fr

On October, 17th, the Musée de l’Homme will reopen its doors, after being closed for 7 years. It has 500,000 prehistorical and 30,000 biological anthropology objects...

The Musée de l’Homme is one of the most ambitious projects of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), a few months following the inauguration of the new Zoological Park of Paris and the Botanical Gallery.

An exploration of the man, from his origins to his future

The new museum gathers prehistoric collections, biologic and cultural anthropology, as well as several other institutions (research, education, training and diffusion about mankind and society evolutions). Geographically related to the French National Museum of Natural History, the Musem of Mankind is at the heart of a multidisciplinary scientific network.

The evolution of man

The exhibit of the future Museum of Mankind will be centered around 3 important themes:

  • Who are we?
  • Where do we come from? 
  • Where are we heading?

With the objective of a better human understanding and the place he has held during his lifetime, as well as telling his origins and his necessary adaptation to the world of tomorrow.

In the past, it was customary for museums to display as many items as possible so visitors ended up looking at a great deal but seeing very little. The revamped Musée de l’Homme focuses on quality, coherence and narrative – using media and interactive tools to bring the story of humanity to life, even if that means displaying only a fraction of its 700,000 artefacts.


Musée de l'Homme / Jardin des Plantes / Museum national d'histoire naturelle
17 place Trocadéro
75106 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 05 72 72