Biological anthropology

The MNHN’s biological anthropology collections are among the world’s most diverse and as such they constitute a unique resource for comparative studies. With approximately 30,000 pieces or lots, the collections are renowned for their outstanding original fossils from the European Palaeolithic, including Cro-Magnons and a number of Neanderthals, as well as for their phrenological and ethnological casts, and mummies.


From March 2014 through November 2015, the mummy collection was not available for loan without previous consent due to restoration works and redistribution in the renovated store rooms at the Musée de l’Homme.

As of December 2015, loan requests may once again be considered for objects that are not on permanent display, depending on their state of restoration and the renovation of the museum.

Please address all requests to the Collections department online via Colhelper under Exhibition. For additional information, contact the coordination services at:

Biological anthropology