Exceptional closure

Due to the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Musée de l'Homme will close from Friday October 30 until Tuesday December 1.

For those who wish a refund for a purchased ticket for this period, you can contact contact.mdh[@]mnhn.fr

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"On t'appelle Vénus" spectacle de danse au Musée de l'Homme © MNHN - J-C Domenech
"On t'appelle Vénus" spectacle de danse au Musée de l'Homme © MNHN - J-C Domenech

A place for people

The Musée de l’Homme is not just about the permanent visit circuit in the Galerie de l’Homme. Temporary exhibitions, the Balcon des sciences, the Centre de ressources Germaine Tillion and the Auditorium Jean Rouch: each of these spaces provides a different entry point to Mankind.


Each year we host a themed temporary exhibition. These exhibits expand on the themes dealt with in the Galerie de l’Homme in a more socially engaged way in relation to societal concerns. Dealing with prehistoric times to the present day, systematically interweaving biology and human sciences and combining the contributions of sciences related to humans, societies, life and the Earth, the themes offered are highly appealing and relevant, providing visitors with a reason to come or come back to the museum.

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Performance de Madame, street artiste, au Musée de l'Homme © MNHN - J-C Domenech
Performance de Madame, street artiste, au Musée de l'Homme © MNHN - J-C Domenech


The Resource Centre is a place for consultation and outreach based on images and multimedia. It is equipped and designed to be used and approached in a variety of different ways: from family visits to individual research, not to mention outreach workshops, book presentations and small group discussions.

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Centre de ressources Germaine Tillion, Nuit des musées


One of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle’s specialised libraries, the Musée de l’Homme’s library brings together a significant collection of documents on Prehistory (a discipline for which the institution is a member of the CADIST (Centre for the Acquisition and Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Information) network), Biological Anthropology, Human Ecology and Ethnobiology.

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Bibliothèque de recherche © MNHN - J-C Domenech


When it was founded in 1938, the Musée de l’Homme demonstrated its innovative spirit by establishing its own cinema – film was in the process of becoming a research tool thanks to the work of pioneering ethnographic filmmakers, notably ethnologist Marcel Griaule and his student Jean Rouch.
Instigated by André Leroi-Gourhan, the creation of the cinematography department in 1945, followed by the ethnographic film committee in 1952, resulted in the production of a significant number of films. 1982 saw the creation of the Bilan du film ethnographique (Ethnographic film) festival, now named the Festival International Jean Rouch (Jean Rouch International Film Festival) after its founder.
The auditorium is found on level 1 and boasts a foyer and screen with 152 seats. The flexible space is adapted to a diverse programme, providing direct access to scientific views and images from fieldwork and fiction during meetings, conferences, scientific research symposiums, discussions, screenings and film seasons.

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Auditorium Jean Rouch