We hope you enjoy your visit !



FULL PRICE : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . € 4.00
REDUCED PRICE : . . . . . . . . . . .  € 2.00

people aged 18-25 years old, teachers, Cézam card holders, ANCAV-TT (works council association) Network Tourisme et Loisirs 44 card holders, Works Council and partner card holders, Large Family card holders. All people are entitled to the reduced rate one hour before the museum closes.

ADULT GROUP PRICE (applicable for 15 people or more) : . . . . . . . . . . . . € 3.00

  • people under 18 years old
    • job seekers (registered at the Maison de l'emploi (Job Centre))
    • people on basic welfare benefit (French RSA) (with family welfare office (CAF) certificate)
    • disabled persons and their carers
    • people who receive the minimum old-age pension or old-age pensioner solidarity benefit (ASPA)
    • school, university and socio-educational groups on pre-reserved tours without a guide
    • teachers preparing a school visit or support teachers from the Local Education Office or the Education Authority
    • holders of the Nantes Tourist Office Pass, the annual 1-museum Pass for the museum concerned or the annual 4-museum Pass
    • civil-service leisure officer card holders, "Voyage à Nantes" local public service company (SPL VAN) card holders
    • Carte Blanche (under-privileged person) card holders
    • personnel from the Ministry of Culture, scientific personnel from the Museums of France
    • journalists
    • Nantes Métropole Tourist Office guides
    • holders of the passport for tourism professionals issued by the UDOTSI of Loire-Atlantique
    • ICOM (International Council of Museums) card holders
    • French or foreign personalities involved in political, cultural or scientific fields, within the framework of one-off operations carried out by associations and subject to a letter of invitation from the elected representative in charge of culture affairs
    • former resistance fighters, war veterans, disabled ex-serviceman
    • members of the associations linked to the museum (SNOFF, SNP)
For everyone:
    • on the first Sunday of each month from September to June (or the second Sunday if the first Sunday falls on a holiday and the museum is closed)
    • during the "Heritage Days", the "Museum Springtime", the "Museum Night", the "Voyage à Nantes (VAN) Night", or periodic night openings organised by the museum
    • on "Science Day" (Fête de la Science)

Please present a valid supporting document to benefit from a reduced rate or free admission


SUBSCRIPTIONS (valid for 1 year)

One-year 1-museum Pass with access to all museums during the Voyage à Nantes (VAN) festival : . . . . . . € 10.00
One-year 4-museum Pass with access to the VAN in the summer : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . € 20.00
(Fine Art Museum, Natural History Museum, Jules Verne Museum, Castle of the Dukes of Brittany Museum)


For further information, please call +33 2 40 41 55 00




Before introducing our different spaces, here is a quick historical overview:

Initially, when it opened on August 15, 1810, the Museum was located in a different area of the city. 65 years later, it moved and started to welcome visitors on its current location on August 19, 1875. The building was then adjacent to the former Hôtel des Monnaies that would become, 25 years later, l’École Supérieure de commerce de Nantes (a business school). In 1970, this business school moved, and cleared some space for the Museum. Renovation works were made to join both edifices: classrooms were turned into exhibition rooms and the auditorium was kept to host conferences. As years passed by, various renovations took place, first in the seventies, then between 2008 and 2010.



The gallery of zoology

Since 1875, the gallery of Zoology has been, without a doubt, the most emblematic room of the Museum, partly ensuring its great reputation. It reopened in 2008, after two years of renovation works, providing the public with a new pedagogic and scientific approach, both updated and modernized. One thousand of displayed specimens are now classified according to the Phylogenetic tree.

Don’t miss the “Birds’ mezzanine” where 700 out of the 25,000 specimens of our ornithological collection are displayed, including two extinct species: the Passenger pigeon and the Great auk.

The “orange room”, which used to be the curator’s office, is now a room specially thought for children to enjoy.



The gallery of earth and universe sciences

On the ground floor, the gallery of Earth and Universe sciences is divided into three themes: palaeontology and prehistory on one side, geology and mineralogy on the other, our meteorite collection at the centre of the room. Look out for the green dots: they will enable you to touch stones with your hands and, most importantly, with your eyes. And don’t miss the presentation of the “Black Beauty”, a Martian meteorite.




After its opening in 1955, the vivarium has gradually specialised in snakes. Nowadays, they are about twenty non-venomous specimens. As they are part of the same zoological order, known as squamata, you can also see some ocellated lizards. 



Scientific library and multimedia library

Located on the ground floor, you can access to this space from the Gallery of Earth and Universe sciences. Rich of over 10,000 available-on-consultation books and 25,000 stored references (including very old and precious ones), the scientific library is free and open to anyone, from students and researchers to onlookers. The various resources explore themes in keeping with the Museum’s such as palaeontology, botany, ecology, environment, or history of sciences. 

On the first floor, the multimedia library, which is part of the municipal network, offers more than 7000 references about sciences (including some in other languages than French). There are books, DVDs and even games! Depending on the item, it can be borrowed or consulted on site.


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"Ocean, an unusual dive"

From July 2, 2022 to January 8, 2024

Although it covers most of our planet, the ocean is still largely unknown. The exhibition offers a wonderful and surprising journey to the heart of an original biodiversity, far from the coastline and familiar figures. After a presentation of the constraints of the marine environment and the challenge of exploring it, visitors plunge into another dimension to discover planktonic life, and continue their journey into extreme environments, to meet the singular fauna of the great depths and the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. The rest of the exhibition raises awareness and sheds light on the unsuspected resources of the marine environment. This exhibition is also an invitation to Jules Verne's extraordinary journeys, between science and imagination, reflecting the writer's fascination for the ocean and the animals that inhabit it.