National Museum of Natural History

Institution (Original name) 
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
MAIN ADDRESS
Postal code 
75231
City 
Paris
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
France
Phone 

(+33) 1 40 79

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Michel Guiraud, Director of Collections, Mineralogy, mguiraud@mnhn.fr

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Thierry Bourgoin

Member of the Executive Committee? 
Yes
Executive Committee position 
Vice-Chair
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Vanessa Demanoff/ Administrative officer, Europe

Virginie Bouetel/ Administrative officer, Synthesys

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Dr Bruno DAVID, president, Marine biologist and palaeontologist

Organigram figure 
PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff372172
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections50
c) Post-docs / PhD students160
d) Others (Associates, etc.)407
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)779332
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 324128
f) Collection Managers / technicians17025
g) Others 408
TOTAL (e+f+g) 902153
Total permanent staff 
1 681
Total non-permanent staff 
485
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
2 166
Male (%) 
52
Female (%) 
48
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
7
List of laboratories 
  1. CT SCAN
  2. 3D scan .
  3. SEM microscopes
  4. Karyotyping FISH (Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization) imaging workstations
  5. MORPHOMETRY LABORATORY
  6. MINERALOGY ANALYTICAL EQUIPMENT (Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope, Electronic microprobes SX50 and SX 100 Cameca and Raman microprobe)
  7. MOLECULAR SYSTEMATIC LABORATORIES (2 LABS.) - - Special safe room for ancient DNA extraction and PCR preparation
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
12
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Anthropologie Biologie
Name 
Anthropologie culturelle
Name 
Arthropodes terrestres
Name 
Botanique
Name 
Collections documentaires, archivistiques et artistiques
Name 
Collections vivantes
Name 
Invertébrés marins
Name 
Minéralogie et géologie
Name 
Préhistoire
Name 
Ressources Biologiques Cellules vivantes et cryoconservées
Name 
Vertébrés
Number of recent exhibitions 
3
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Dinosaures
Name 
Nuit
Name 
Sur la piste des grands singes
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Phylogenetic systematics, involving both morphological and molecular studies
Research Field 
Biodiversity variations through time
Research Field 
Identification systems
Research Field 
Biodiversity and Biogeographic studies
Research Field 
Specific Biodiversity programs devoted to selected geographical areas
Summary of your Research programme 

New Caledonia, French Guiana, Cameroon (western Africa), Madagascar and Mascarene Islands, South-East Asia (Laos and Vietnam), Arctic and Antarctic fossil and Recent faunas and floras, Clipperton Island and Santo (Philippines islands)..

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
1 100
Quarterly journals/series 

Geodiversitas, Zoosystema, Andansonia, Anthropozoologica, European Joournal of Taxonomy

Other publications 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology7806650190005
1.2Mineralogy34013000090
1.3Geology283863200083
1.4Anthropology11000027
1.5Prehistory8650007
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in databse
2.1Botany2865787775000
2.2Zoology42371550216364
Total specimens (all collections) 
64,747,364
Outstanding collection features 

We hold a large collection on Prehistory.

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 
  • Type(s) of objects: monographs, journals
  • No. of objects (of each type): 584500, 31839
Other information regarding heritage collections 

36000 maps, 150000 photos, 42942 artistic items

Size and importance of living collections 

Living mycology 3844

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
850 loans + donation (samplings)
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
120000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
1300
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Zoology
Botany
Palaeontology
Anthropology
Mineralogy
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Isabelle Tillier; isabelle.tillier@mnhn.fr

Visitors
Last year:  
3 600 000
Trends (past and future) 

increasing

Institution news
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Taxidermy

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

MNHN staff teaches at Paris VI University (http://www.sorbonne-universites.fr/) at master’s level (343 first grade, 168 master students) and secondary teachers training (2000 trainees)

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Digitization

Virtual collections

Citizen science

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

increase awareness to biodiversity

widening users of collections

national network of collections

Last update 
12.19.16