“This is a record compared to what realize our temporary exhibitions, usually, also over longer periods of time, and where it is around 250,000 visitors maximum,” said Thursday, Bruno David, president of the Museum. “This has been a very great success even if one compares to the great success of the Louvre as the exhibition Vermeer , which had been 325.000 entries on three months” in 2017, he added.

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“This has been a very great success even if one compares to the great success of the Louvre”

Bruno David, president of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

Submitted from 6 June to 4 November, in the nave of the Gallery of mineralogy at the Jardin des Plantes, the spectacular skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex has attracted precisely 338.683 visitors in 132 days of operation, an average of 2480 visitors per day.

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Discovered in 2013 in Montana (United States), the tyrannosaurus female, aged 67 million years ago, is part of the collections of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (the netherlands). Named Trix, it is exceptionally complete, with about 75% of bones in a good state of conservation. The exhibition is “also a financial success” for the national Museum, emphasized Bruno David. “We are in surplus of over 1.5 million euros.”

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rental of T. rex in the museum of Leiden in the netherlands, the installation of the exhibition and its extension have cost about € 1 million to the Museum. In front, the revenues have reached a little more than 2.5 million euros, has detailed the president of the Museum. “We made a bet, by committing expenditure. And it worked well.”

Next event for the institution: it will present for the first time a “festival of lights”, from 16 November until 15 January. Baptized Species in the process of enlightenment , it will offer the public a night walk in the alleys of the Jardin des Plantes and Menagerie in the glow of luminous structures monumental in the shape of animals.