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Bêtes Off

17 November 2011 > 11 March 2012

After colonising various sites throughout France as part of the Monuments and Animals national event, certain animals will come to hibernate in Paris. They will populate a mysterious forest created within the Conciergerie.

When they venture into this wild space, the visiting public will experience some strange encounters. As they pass along the themed paths – theAllée des chimères, the Route du lac and the Chemin du bout du monde –, they will come across arresting artworks: the creatures brought together here - fantasy objects, mirrors which reflect our own trials and tribulations and alarming testaments to the major environmental challenges we face - illustrate the diverse roles which animals play in the imaginative space of our contemporary artists.

Curator: Claude d’Anthenaise, Director of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature), assisted by Raphaël Abrille, Conservation Officer of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

From November 2011 to February 2012
For information, tel: +33 (0)1 53 40 60 80

What people think about it

Scott le 13/01/2012 07h19
I visited this marvelous exhibition in November--an unexpected highlight of my visit to Paris. The work is arresting and beautiful, some of it disturbing but all of great interest and superb claibre. Definitely worth a visit.
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Opening / Closing

Following the terror attacks in Paris on friday, november 13, 2015 and to ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.
It is strongly recommended not to bring suitcases and luggage to the monument. Only luggage not exceeding 55cm*35cm*20cm will be acceptedLuggage and big items are not allowed.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and delay which may be caused by the extra security checks at the entrance.

Times may vary

Pay attention, monument will be closed :
- 18th January 
- 19th January 
- 28th January 

Open everyday : 9.30 am to 6 pm
Cashdesks close 30 minutes earlier

on January 1, May 1 and December 25

Resevations for march and april are closed. Reservation for May. 

Going there

Metro: lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14
Bus: 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85 and Balabus
RER: lines B and C
Follow the Seine banks to Ile de la Cité

Accès au monument en transilien


2, boulevard du Palais
75001 Paris
T 33 / (0)1 53 40 60 80
F 33 / (0)1 53 40 60 90

GPS details

Latitude : 48.8558
Longitude : 2.346


By buying your tickets in advance, you can pick up your tickets in a FNAC store and go staight to the monument(s).

This way you save time and benefit from queue-jump tickets.

Your tickets are valid a year from their date of issue.

  • Print at home

    The Centre des monuments nationaux ticket office lets you print your tickets from your own computer.
    Cost: €1 processing fee

  • Pick up in store

    The Fnac network means
    you can have your tickets posted
    to your address or pick them up from any Fnac store.

    Cost: €1.60 processing fee + postage fee depending on chosen option
    Attention : the ticket can not be withdraw in the monument

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