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Muséum – Citadelle de Besançon

© Jacky Renard
  • © Jacky Renard
  • © Jacky Renard
  • © Benoit Quintard
  • © Jacky Renard
  • © Claire ANTOINE
  • © Jean-Charles Sexe
    Language spoken: English Disabled access Parking Catering on site

    The Museum invites you to discover and understand animal and plant biodiversity and its evolution in no less than 6 presentation areas.
    - The Naturalium - Understanding and protecting our natural heritage
    The Naturalium is an introductory area of the Natural History Museum and will help you to better understand biodiversity: what is it used for? What threats does it face and how can it be protected? In symbiosis with the different animal areas, the Naturalium presents and deciphers rare collections in an immersive scenography accessible from the age of 7.
    - The aquarium and the aquaculture farm - Dive into the unsuspected world of fresh water
    The aquarium showcases the river in all its richness and diversity of flora and fauna. No less than 31 aquatic species are highlighted: sponges, jellyfish, aprons, bleak, trout, carp, sturgeon and catfish...
    - The Insectarium - Exploring the world of small animals
    Tens of thousands of insects and arthropods, as well as frogs, presented in their living environment, await you in the largest Insectarium in France.
    - The Noctarium - Surprising the nocturnal life of small mammals
    This place, unique in Europe for its originality and the nature of the animals presented, offers the possibility of surprising the unknown life of small nocturnal mammals (voles, dormice, ferrets, etc.) in our towns and countryside thanks to an ingenious system of inversion of the day/night cycle.
    - The Zoological Garden - Discovering endangered species
    The Zoological Garden is involved in more than 53 conservation programmes. In recent years, the Besançon Museum has specialised in the reproduction of endangered species. Thus 70% of the species presented at the Zoological Garden are part of European or international conservation programmes.
    You will be able to observe bald ibises in the large aviary, crowned sifakas and Francois's Langur in the primate sector, and farm and domestic animals in the small farm!

    The Museum fulfils the three main missions of museums: the study and dissemination of knowledge, the conservation of collections and the promotion of scientific and natural heritage.


    Opening periods

    Annual closure, from 8 January 2024 to 9 February 2024 inclusive Closed on 1 January 2024 ,18 March 2024 (Closed for works) ,19 March 2024 (Closed for works) ,20 March 2024 (Closed for works) ,21 March 2024 (Closed for works) and 22 March 2024 (Closed for works) Mondays in low season: Citadelle closed (EXCEPT FOR GROUPS AND BY RESERVATION)
    from Monday 04/01 to Sunday 06/30/2024-from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Monday 07/01 to Saturday 08/31/2024-from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
    from Sunday 09/01 to Thursday 10/31/2024-from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    from Friday 11/01 to Tuesday 12/24/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    from Thursday 12/26 to Tuesday 12/31/2024-Tue-Sun : from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Practical information

    Group service


    natural history
    Natural settings


    Specific theme activities
    Junior workshop




      MINI Max Additional information
    Gratuitiesfree visit with the purchase of an admission ticket to the Besançon Citadel

    Means of payment

    Credit card
    Cheques and postal orders
    Holiday vouchers