The Natural History Museum and the Botanical Gardens
By decree from June 10, 1793, the King’s Garden became the Natural History Museum. The revolutionaries were persuaded that science could help fight against superstitions and manipulations: knowledge and reason needed to free Men from their shackles. Science needed to be developed and popularized for the entire world. Since it was the ultimate common good, nature interested them first and foremost: the Museum’s first mission was to “teach the public about natural history.” Great scholars from this time period gave public classes, like Jussieu, Lamarck, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Cuvier.
47 rue Cuvier