Around the exhibition

The exhibition Extinctions: the end of a world ? Represents an opportunity for the Museum to devise a programme of meetings, conferences, and events on the theme of biodiversity and the future of life on Earth. This far-reaching programme has been designed to raise awareness about our place on the planet and the means available to us to live in harmony with it.

The meetings

Workshop ans visites

5 March 2020

Conference

The human glitch. Why does our brain push us to destroy the planet ?

Who is at fault if the planet is being destroyed? Our brain. One of its most profound structures draws hefty support from dopamine and unfortunately it does not have an off switch… As a consequence, we are constantly searching for immediate pleasure. The encephalon in Homo sapiens is putting our very lives in danger, forcing us to produce and consume in every greater quantity. Can we tame it?

As part of the “Thursday at the Museum” cycle of events on the theme “Ecosystem Earth: a possible reconquest?”

At 06:30 pm – Museum Auditorium – free entry – French Sign Language transcripts available on request – places limited to a maximum of 180

12 March 2020

Conference

Conservation of species: the success story of the turtle

The disappearance of turtles was announced in the mid-1950s. Jacques Fretey was a pioneer of turtle conservation programs and in this conference he will discuss this decline but also the successes of some of the biggest international conservation sites. He will cover his own experiences of successfully rescuing the leatherback turtle in French Guyana.

As part of the “Thursday at the Museum” cycle of events on the theme “Ecosystem Earth: a possible reconquest?”

At 06:30 pm – Museum Auditorium – free entry – French Sign Language transcripts available on request – places limited to a maximum of 180

23 April 2020

Conference

Demographics : Are there too many people on Earth ?

Can we reconcile the population “explosion” and maintain the planet’s resources? Around 1800 the human population began to grow rapidly. Now nearly 8 billion humans consume the resources for a whole year in 6 months. What are the risks?

As part of the “Thursday at the Museum” cycle of events on the theme “Ecosystem Earth: a possible reconquest?”

At 06:30 pm – Museum Auditorium – free entry – French Sign Language transcripts available on request – places limited to a maximum of 180

7 May 2020

Conference

Przewalski's horse : what can DNA tell us ?

Domesticated around 5,500 years ago in Kazakhstan, Botai horses were thought to be the ancestors of all domestic horses… until one team of researchers sequenced their genome. Their results turned our pre-conceived notions on what is wild and what is domestic on their head! This presentation provides an explanation of a discovery of international significance from the driving force behind this study.

As part of the “Thursday at the Museum” cycle of events on the theme “Ecosystem Earth: a possible reconquest?”

At 06:30 pm – Museum Auditorium – free entry – French Sign Language transcripts available on request – places limited to a maximum of 180

 

Self-guided tour, with your smartphone

In the form of a quiz, the Museum Mobile Tour propose a special course for Extinctions exhibition, learn while having fun !

Good to know :

  • No download necessary
  • Headphones might be useful
  • The quiz is available in french, english and spanish (the tour is fully translated into spanish)
  • 8 IPAD are on free loan at the reception desk

// More informations

Guided vists

What is an extinction ? What can we learn from previous extinction events ? To what extent are living beings able to adapt after a crisi s? And what about humans in all of this ?

This guided visit helps us to better understand the world in which we are living, making use of the insight and knowledge provided by the five extinctions that the Earth has already experienced.

  • Wednesdays at 04:15 pm 
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 11:15 am and 04:00 pm (except the 1st Sunday of the month: 11:15 am, 03:15 pm, 04:45 pm). Times vary during school holidays and special events.Register at reception. Length: 45 minutes

During holidays : Rendez-Vous

Lab: "It’s a crisis!"

This is a journey through time to discover the great extinctions that have punctuated the history of life on Earth. Visitors will meet the iconic survivors and those that have disappeared. They will understand the possible causes of the great extinctions and go forth into the mysterious and uncertain lands of the future.

Saturdays and Sundays 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm except the 1st Sunday of the month and the preceding Saturday. Times vary during school holidays and special events. Free access, included in the entrance fee.

Quiz: "Will you be the weakest link?"

A quiz enables visitors to revise their knowledge and ask about the future of living species on Earth, including that of humans…

Champs Libres studio. Saturdays and Sundays at 04:15 pm except the 1st Sunday of the month. Times vary during school holidays. Free access, included in the entrance fee. Length: 45 minutes