Citadelle – le Museum et ses espaces animaliers

Behind its walls, the Citadel houses the Natural History Museum of Besançon, a unique and unexpected attraction in this unusual setting. It adopts an unconventional approach with mounted collections exhibited alongside a highly diverse range of living animals. They complement each other, illustrating the complexity of the living world and the uses that can be made of it.
Here you can discover a huge variety of animal species demonstrating the biodiversity of all the continents. Nowhere else in France is it possible to see mammals (primates, carnivores, herbivores, nocturnal rodents, etc.), birds, insects, amphibians and fish all in the same place !
The species are exhibited in six different areas: the Zoo (Jardin zoologique), Farm (P’tite ferme), Insectarium, Aquarium, Noctarium and Evolution Trail (Parcours de l’évolution).

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Citadelle - le Museum et ses espaces animaliers
Rue des Fusillés de la Résistance
03 81 87 83 33
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Périodes d'ouverture et conditions spéciales d'ouverture / Covid-19

  • From 22th February to 29th March 2020 daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
    From 30th March to 3rd July 2020 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
    From 4th July to 30th August 2020 daily from 09:00 to 19:00.
    From 31th August to 24th October 2020 daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
    From 25th October to 31th December 2020 daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

Accessibilité à mobilité réduite

Accès pour personne à mobilité réduite

  • Avec aide
  • Partiel



  • Parcours adapté aux enfants
  • Visite libre

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  • Visite guidée sur rendez-vous


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