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The Museum of Toulouse

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Garonne

The Museum of Toulouse - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Garonne

Nature-lovers, don't miss a chance to visit the Museum of Toulouse, a natural history and ethnology museum in the Jardin des Plantes park, near the Canal du Midi and the districts of Le Busca and Les Demoiselles.

Do you want to know all about the history of humanity and understand how our planet works? Welcome to the museum of the "pink city", France's second biggest museum about these themes after the Natural History Museum in Paris.

Here, on premises covering 6,000 m², you'll find over 2 million exhibits, and your first encounter won't leave you indifferent: in the hall, near the plant-covered wall, you'll be greeted by the gigantic skeleton of Quetzalcoatlus, the second biggest flying animal in Prehistory!

Next, there's a step-by-step display about humankind's increasing knowledge of the world, based on five themes: Planet Earth, living beings, the concept of time, Humankind and the Future.

For families, there are special activities arranged all year round: exhibitions, multimedia libraries, workshops (registration required), histories of objects, greenhouse and exhibition tours, a visitor outreach table, etc. as well as programmes more specifically aimed at children aged 7 to 14: learning labs called "the Croq'Labo" and "the Expert Labo", and "Sciences in question" games.

When it comes to gardens, visitors have access to the 7 hectares of the Jardin des Plantes, established in 1794 by the naturalist Lapeyrousse on the site of the Carmelite convent. An ideal place for a family walk, with 1,300 species to see. For younger visitors, there's a pond with ducks, swans and geese, as well as a play area, fairground rides and pony rides. Lovers of plants and the vegetal world will be delighted to visit the Henri Gaussens botanical garden.

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