The Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) is one of the three largest natural history museums in the world and is legally recognized as the national reference centre for the natural world.
Its research is devoted to the study of biodiversity within global changes.
This feeds its other four missions: the conservation, development and promotion of its collections; education; expertise provided to public authorities; and the communication of knowledge to the wider public (four million visitors a year to its two sites).
Its wide-ranging expertise on taxonomy and phylogeny, evolution, ecology, palaeontology and pre-history, and anthropology and ethnology, enables it to tackle questions about the future of the biosphere and the relationships between biodiversity and human sciences within their global dimension.
Its unique collections (nearly seventy million objects and specimens) and its close links with national and regional naturalist networks, gives it a key role in the organisation of participative sciences with thousands of voluntary partners, and in the building and updating of the national natural heritage inventorythe principle database in France.
The MNHN shares numerous educational programmes and research structures with UPMC.