There was a lot of hand-wringing over the condition of the Jardin des Plantes. People got so involved in this decaying garden-museum that things finally took a turn for the better. The museum’s admirable exhibits began drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors. Huge renovations were carried out in the zoology department; the decrepit aviaries were overhauled; and the menagerie buildings rebuilt. You’ll discover the fabulous herbarium’s 600,000 items, the insect and butterfly collection, marvelous gems and jewels amassed by the last of the Bourbons in the Mineralogy Hall, the alpine garden, tropical greenhouses, the labyrinth, goldfish, and children laughing and playing. Indeed, there’s everything here to make it any Parisian’s favorite spot.





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