Paris Meuseums

Paris Museums

Conde Museum – Château de Chantilly

Grevin Wax Museum

Musée de l’Institut du Monde arabe

Musée du Quai Branly

Museum of Air and Space

Museum of Fashion and Textiles

M Museum of French Liberation

Museum of Fashion and Textiles

Museum of Music

Museum of Public Health in Paris

Museum of Publicity

Museum of the Arts and Invention

Museum of the Cinema

Museum of the Sewers of Paris

The Paris Story

National Archaeology Museum of Saint-Germain-En-Laye

National Museum of the Middle Ages

National Navy Museum

Paris Science Museum

Postal Musuem

Sevres Ceramics Museum

The Paris Story

Sex Museum

Looking for national history? Take a trip to The Paris Story for an interactive and unique sightseeing experience. Other historical museums include theConde MuseumNational Museum of the Middle Ages and Museum of French Liberation.

In addition to regular subjects Paris museums also explore archaeology, science, cinema, fashion, money and music. With all this variety there is something to please everyone.

Conde Museum – Château de Chantilly

B.P. 70 243, Chantilly, 60 631

  • Opening Times

Open daily except Tuesday, 4 April 2009– 1 November 2009: Ticket sales 10.00–18.00. Château closes at 18.00. Park closes at 20.00

The Château de Chantilly stands in the centre of a vast estate covering 7,800 hectares; the château and estate have been built up by the owners of Chantilly since the Middle Ages.

Entry Price: Adult: €9.00 Entry Price: Child: €2.80

The Château de Chantilly and Conde Museum stand in the centre of a vast estate covering 7,800 hectares; the château and estate have been built up by the owners of Chantilly since the Middle Ages.

The Musée Condé is home to a collection which is rivaled in terms of size only by that of the Louvre; it contains: over 1,000 paintings, 2,500 drawings, and 2,500 engravings. The library contains 30,000 books, including 12,000 old prints and upward of 1500 manuscripts. Works in the museum include those of Raphael and many other old masters.

The Château de Chantilly is surrounded by some fantastic gardens perfectly preserved remnant of extraordinary decadence and beauty. There are canals and waterfalls, fountains and water jets, lush flower borders, English and Chinese style gardens, dozens of statues and sculptures. It is a lovely place to

Grevin Wax Museum

10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9e

Opening Times

Monday–Friday 10.00–18.30 (last admission at 17.30) Saturday, Sunday, French school holidays 10.00–19.00 (last admission at 18.00)

Entry Price: Adult: €18.50 Entry Price: Child: €10.50

The Musée Grévin may astound the visitor with its dramatic lifelike scenes of historical and modern Paris. Over 300 wax figures of the world’s most famous people dramatically posed in amazing scenes. See stunning recreations of the major events in French and world history.

The Grevin Museum’s Discovery Tour reveals the secrets of making wax figures. After meeting Louis XIV or Jean de La Fontaine, visitors may enjoy finding out how the waxworks are made.

The Musée Grévin’s ‘Snapshot’s of the 20th Century’ captures important events from the last 100 years – witness the first step on the moon and the fall of the Berlin wall, then have close encounters with the likes of Spiderman, Jimi Hendrix and Brigitte Bardot.

From Michael Jackson to Ghandi, Albert Einstein to Elvis Presley, you will find the Musée Grévin’s appeal stretches far and wide

Musée de l’Institut du Monde arabe

1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5e.

  • +33 (0) 1 40 51 38 38.
  • 10am-6pm. Closed on Mondays.

 Entry Price: Adult: €6.00  Entry Price: Child: €3.00

Five hundred works explore the history of the Arab civilisation and illustrate a number of sophisticated techniques: bronzes, ceramics, panelling, textiles, scientific objects, illuminations, etc. The collections are endowed with a number of important loans from several Arabic countries.

Musée du Quai Branly

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37, quai Branly, Paris 7e.

Dedicated to the African, Asian, Oceania and American arts and civilisations, this museum opened to the public in June 2006.

  • +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00.
  • 11am-7pm, late opening until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Closed on Mondays.

Entry Price: Adult: €8.50

Dedicated to the African, Asian, Oceania and American arts and civilisations, this museum opened to the public in June 2006. The outstanding collections are a unique showcase for the dialogue and interaction between different cultures.

Museum of Air and Space

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Aeroport de Paris-Le Bourget, Le Bourget cedex, 93 352

The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace is located in the south-eastern edge of the Le Bourget Airport, 10 km north of Paris. Occupying over 150,000 square metres of land and hangars, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace is one of the oldest aviation museums in the world.

Their collection includes more than 150 aircrafts and a wide range of aviation paraphanalia from as far back as the 16th century. The Ballooning Era room is fascinating, as are all the modern air and spacecrafts, including the prototype for the Concorde and a number of Swiss and Russian rockets.

The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace occupies a vast space. It is fascinating simply to walk around and soak in the amosphere.

This museum is a must for anyone interested in aircraft and the evolution of human flight. There is a utilitarian beauty and a fascinating history to every object on display; each is the work of sweat and struggle. Each aircraft has a story to tell and it is this that makes the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace so diverting

Museum of Fashion and Textiles

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Union Centrale des arts décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er

Entry Price: Adult: €8.00

A fascinating collection of textiles and textile-based artwork, the Musée de la Mode et du Textiles collections include 16,000 costumes, 35,000 fashion accessories and 30,000 pieces of textile. A total of over 81,000 works which trace the history of costume from the Regency period to the present-day innovations in textiles can be found here.

In 1948, the Union Française des Arts du Costume was founded on the initiative of the costume historian François Boucher who had the idea of creating a costume museum. The collection soon became one of the largest in the world.

As well as its wealth of historical pieces, the Musée de la Mode et du Textile also has collections of the work of celebrated modern designers such as Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Raoul Dufy, Sonia Delaunay and the embroiderer Rébé.

Museum of Fashion and Textiles

10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16e

Entry Price: Adult: €7.50

The Musée Galliera, also known as the Paris Fashion Museum, highlights the importance and significance of fashion to the city.

Paris is often seen has the fashion capital of the world and the Musée Galliera brings the history of fashion and costume to life. The museum contains revolving temporary thematic exhibitions from their collection of 90,000 pieces of fashion memorabilia spanning over three centuries of fashion.

It is interesting to observe movement and progression in the field of fashion, a discipline so embedded in and central to the French culture. Fashion is so entwined with the other cultural movements, with art and theatre, with science and sociology, that the changing face of fashion is so very revealing and fascinating, especially in Paris.

The Paris Fashion Museum is an important and interesting centre, as well as one of those rare museums which exerts a considerable influence over contemporary culture.

Museum of French Liberation

Hôtel national des Invalides, 51 bis, boulevard de Latour-Maubourg, Paris 7e

Entry Price: Adult: €7.00

The Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, known to visitors as the Museum of French Liberation, is a moving memorial to the heroic acts and sacrifice of groups and individuals who fought the Nazi occupation.

Opened thirty years ago inside the Invalides building, the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération contains three Galleries and six halls, with over 150 showcases and 3,700, often very personal, artifacts and documents.

Exhibits include: a letter from a sixteen-year-old sentenced to death , pennants taken from the enemy in the battlefields of Africa and Europe; uniforms belonging to the Normandie-Niemen Fighter Squadron, original drawings made in the concentration camps; the saber that belonged to General Von Choltitz; locomotive parts that were blown up with plastic explosives by the train operators themselves, underground pamphlets and newspapers as well as thousands of other poignant objects.

The Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération is a fitting memorial and though it is tinged with the sadness of loss, is an ultimately uplifting monument to pride and courage.

Museum of Money

11, quai de Conti, Paris 6e

The Musée de la Monnaie is one of the homes of the French mint where money has been controlled, designed, and manufactured. It is one of the oldest French institutions, which can be dated back to sometime around 864 AD, the time of Charles the Bald.

The Museum of French Currency is a serious museum, which is devoted to the somewhat esoteric but historically and culturally fascinating subject of money and the way in which it has been made and controlled through history.

The Musée de la Monnaie was established in 1827 and today displays a collection of coins, medals, documents, engravings, and paintings. The museum also conducts workshops in which you can see coins being minted.

Located in an imposing mansion built in 1777, the Musée de la Monnaie tells the story of how the rulers fought to control the making of money and of how the techniques of coin striking developed over the centuries.

This is quite an important museum which goes beyond the mere practicalities of money making to consider the deeper, political motivations behind the process

Museum of Music

Cité de la musique, 221, av. Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19e

The Musée de la Musique, also known as Museum of Music, is housed within the Cité de la Musique, in the heart of the Parc de la Villette. Over an area of more than 2,000 m2, visitors can see 1,000 instruments and art objects including such rare and extraordinary pieces as a tortoise guitar, an octobass and a crystal flute. Some of the items on display formerly belonged to musical celebrities such as Django Reinhardt, Frédéric Chopin and Frank Zappa.

The Museum of Museum takes visitors on a chronological journey through Western musical forms from the 17th century to the present day, and on a geographical journey through different aspects of non- European music.

Visits to the museum have their own musical dimension an audio guide includes many recordings of instruments in the collections and there are daily free concerts.

For anyone interested in music, as well as for tourists discovering something new, no stay in Paris can be complete without a visit to the Musée de la Musique.

Museum of Public Health in Paris

Hôtel de Miramion, 47, quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5e

This is an interesting museum devoted to the history of the hospitals in Paris. From the foundation of the Hôtel-Dieu in the 7th century to the beginning of the 20th century, the Musée de l’Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris looks at the changes and innovations, both technical and political, which have shaped public healthcare in France.

Located in the 17th century Miramion private mansion, the Musée de l’Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris provides a unique insight into the history of public health and social services.

The museum employs a range of artifacts, equipment, paintings, etchings, photographs, archives, pharmacy items, and furniture to tell the great history of public hospitals and the shifting attitude toward public health.

The collection is fascinating and insightful even if at times it can be a little disturbing to look with modern eyes on the apparent barbarity of medical practitioners of old.

The Musée de l’Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris also has a very fine medicinal herb garden situated behind it. It is a beautiful and quite relaxing place to spend some time and give thanks that we are no longer at the mercies of 12th century doctors.

Museum of Publicity

Union Centrale des arts décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er

Opened in 1999, the Musée de la Publicité is the world’s first museum dedicated to advertising. Displaying the finest examples from television, film, posters, and radio as well as more unusual mediums, this museum provides a fascinating insight into this modern discipline.

Some of the contemporary world’s most brilliant thinkers and artists have concerned themselves with advertising; huge budgets and research grants have been devoted to it and countless man hours. Whatever your thoughts on the morality of advertising there is no denying that it is a medium that has enormously impacted the modern world.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the museum is a reproduction of a typical urban environment complete with fake streets, courtyards, and squares, which host temporary exhibitions as befits such a rapidly evolving scene. The square provides access to a state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia library containing a comprehensive archive of the exhibitions and important works.

The Museum of Publicity & Advertising is a very modern, very interesting museum. It contains some of the most enduring and iconic images of our time, compelling design work, photography, and wordplay. It is a reminder that history is playing out all around us and that museums are not simply the preserve of ancient things.

Museum of the Arts and Invention

Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers, 60, rue Réaumur, Paris 3e

The Musée des Arts et Métiers houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, which was founded in 1794 as a depository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.

The museum is located on the site of the deserted priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs on Rue Réaumur, which in an earlier incarnation was an abbey.

This is a treasure trove of weird and wonderful scientific objects. There are over 3000 inventions, scientific discoveries and technological innovations on display including Pascal’s calculator and Foucault’s pendulum.

The most impressive display in the Musée des Arts et Métiers is in the part which was formerly a chapel which now houses a collection of vintage cars and flying machines, all of which are suspended from the roof. There is also a scaled down version of the Statue of Liberty, which is imaginatively displayed.

Museum of the Cinema

51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12e

The Cinémathèque Française is very serious about carrying out its agenda, which is to preserve and enrich film heritage documents and to ensure the broadcast and appreciation of French film by all.

The cinema has played a massively important part in French cultural life ever since it was invented. The Musée du Cinema celebrates the French love of film; it strives to remember the former glories and to educate and inspire a new generation of cinophiles.

The building in which the museum resides is itself a celebrated and beautiful work of architecture. Designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed the Bilbao Guggenheim museum, the museum is a maze of light and dark intended to evoke a projection booth.

The Cinémathèque Française contains: 18,000 posters, 10,500 costume and set drawings, 17,500 press reviews, 450,000 photos of shootings of more than 20,000 films and 6,000 directors, 18,700 books about movies, 467 periodic collections, 2,600 videos and 1,350 DVD’s.

The Cinémathèque Française is located in the district of Bercy. Bercy is an important cultural area and home to a number of architecturally interesting buildings including the sports palace and the funfair museum.

The museum has a large program of teaching and educational events with an emphasis on themes, periods, actors, and directors.

Museum of the Sewers of Paris

Face au 93, quai d’Orsay, Paris 7e

The Sewers of Paris Museum is a fascinating, and unusual museum which explores the famous sewer system of Paris. Home of gothic arches and tunnels and to a thousand stories, the Musée des Égouts de Paris is a fantastic journey into history, engineering and adventure.

Sometime around 1200 the city streets were paved and a central drain was placed down the middle. In 1370 the first stone walled sewer was built in rue Montmartre. This sewer collected the wastewater and took it to a brook.

Under Napoleon things began to get interesting beneath Paris with a network of vaulted tunnels that stretched to 30km. It was only in 1850 though that baron Haussmann, the prefect for the Seine, and the engineer Eugéne Belgrand, designed the present Parisian sewer and water supply networks.

The Musée des Égouts de Paris provides a fascinating insight into the unique sewer system of Paris, which has almost 2,100 km of tunnels and really is a Paris beneath Paris.

The Paris Story

11 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009

Open 7 days a week. Shows on every hour, 10.00–18.00 (last show).

The Explore Paris! Exhibition, aka The Paris Story, houses three interactive attractions at one easy-to-access site: the Paris Story, Miniature Paris, and the Paris Experience. This is a fantastic introduction to Paris; nowhere else can you so easily grasp the multitude of political, technological and cultural factors that have shaped this great city.

The Paris Story is a new and unique museum which will take you from the prehistoric settlements to the Middle Ages, through the renaissance, revolutions, restoration, wars, and upheavals. The Paris Experience and Miniature Paris let you see the city as never before. Miniature Paris gives an aerial view of the city on a 3-D model, allowing you to identify and read descriptions about the major city sights. The Paris Experience shows short films about Paris, each highlighting a different topic and shown in 3-D- no glasses required!

National Archaeology Museum of Saint-Germain-En-Laye

Place Charles de Gaulle, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 78 100

A delightful museum housed in the stunning Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale is the French national archaeology museum. As well as being a centre of excellence the museum contains a finely displayed collection of artifacts and is a pleasure to explore.

Situated about fifteen kilometres west of Paris, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye was originally a royal residence, built in 1124. In 1862, Napoleon III decided to restore the castle and to use it for the national archaeological collections

The museum details archaeological expeditions, discoveries and methodology. It houses an array of antiquities form the early settlements of France up until 1000 AD. The museum is divided into sections covering the Bronze Age and the Neolithic and Palaeolithic ages.

The Musée d’Archéologie Nationale boasts an unrivalled collection of carved and engraved prehistoric art. Among these artifacts the female head from Brassempouy is acknowledged as the most significant. There are also great collections of jewellery, coins, combs, armour weapons and art, as well as some more curious objects.

This museum, with its great collection of ancient objects, is a brilliant snapshot into the worlds of our often mysterious ancestors.

National Museum of the Middle Ages

6, place Paul-Painlevé, Paris 5e

The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed across two exceptional Parisian monuments: the Gallo-roman thermes, dating from the 2nd century, and the 15th century Cluny Abbey hotel.

Founded in 1843 and known to the French as the Musée National du Moyen Age, this museum tells a story of the French Middle Ages, offering a unique view of the art and history of those strange times.

This historic museum is home to some extraordinary objects and collections. The medieval goldsmithing and enamelling on display are some of the finest in existence and include the treasures of the greatest kings of old Europe.

The Musée National du Moyen Age also houses the most extensive collection of stained glass of any museum in France with 230 panels and fragments of stained glass spanning a period from the 12th to the 16th century.

National Navy Museum

Palais de Chaillot, place du Trocadéro, Paris 16e

The Musée National de la Marine is a wonderful museum dedicated to the long and illustrious history of the French Navy. Beautiful works of maritime-related art stand alongside a range of ships including: frigates, steamers, battleships, and liners.

Located in the Palais de Chaillot, one of the most beautiful Parisian monuments of the Thirties, the Musée National de la Marine is one of the best maritime museums in the world.

Discover marine artifacts from the 17th century to today, including a series of 13 images of French ports by Vernet and a barge commissioned for Napoléon.

There is something quite delightful about this National Navy Museum which really captures the spirit of adventure, of long uncertain voyages, and of romance and fortunes made and lost.

And if you’re a boating fan – the Musée National de la Marine will really rock your boat!

Paris Science Museum

30, Avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris 19e

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe. This impressive glass and steel building was designed by Peter Rice and opened in 1986. The Paris Science Musum has a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and special departments for children and teenagers, making it an exciting attraction for any trip to Paris.

The Explora exhibitions are the heart of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. There is an impressive array of hands-on, interactive exhibits of science and technology which focus on teaching visitors about the principles and history of scientific discovery.

Within the Explora exhibitions you will find the ‘Universe’, which considers space and light. It also houses the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie planetarium and is dedicated to our understanding of the systems and galaxies of the universe.

The ‘Living World’ exhibition considers genetics and evolution while ‘Communications’ examines and demonstrates the development of communications methods and ‘Industry and Energy’ looks at the way mankind has harnessed nature to its benefit and sometimes regret.

Postal Musuem

34, boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15e

The casual visitor would be forgiven for assuming that the Postal Museum isn’t the most dazzling in all of Paris. They would however be quite mistaken; the Musée de La Poste is fantastic. It details the history of the post service and of pre-industrial methods of communication in a consistently lively and interesting way.

The Musée de La Poste is spread over two lovely medieval houses. Its reception room houses a mail-sorting machine and a 1913 vintage call box. Temporary exhibits in this room focus on particular aspects of communications, such as photocopying and satellite communications.

It has six main rooms devoted to different themes. The pre-industrial room is particularly outstanding containing exhibitions of things such as semaphore, telegraph, and Morse systems.

The telephone room contains a delightful collection of phones from different periods. There is consideration of the development of design aesthetic, of the dawn of voice technology, and of Alexander Graham Bell’s work.

Sevres Ceramics Museum

Place de la Manufacture, Sèvres, 92 310 Sèvres ceramics are the most famous and illustrious makers of ceramics in France and considered by many to be the finest in the world. The history of their work is a story of French craftsmanship and pride.

Initially set up at the beginning of the 19th century by Alexandre Brongniard, then Director of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufacture, the Musée National de Ceramique de Sèvres houses one of the world’s largest collection of ceramics from all countries, periods and techniques.

Located in a large building specially built in 1876 on the banks of the river Seine, the Musée National de Ceramique de Sèvres contains over 50,000 ceramics of which 10,000 are permanently on public display.

Spread over 18 rooms on two floors the collection includes ceramics from antiquity to modern times, from China to Sèvres, including pottery, tin glazed earthenware, stoneware, siliceous pottery and porcelain. The third floor is devoted to temporary exhibitions which are usually presented thematically, with each exploring a difference aspect or period.

The Musée National de Ceramique de Sèvres is a challenge from one of the great ceramic manufacturers. They have gathered examples of the finest ceramics from across the world to prove that theirs is finer.

The Paris Story

11 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009

Open 7 days a week. Shows on every hour, 10.00–18.00 (last show).

The Explore Paris! Exhibition, aka The Paris Story, houses three interactive attractions at one easy-to-access site: the Paris Story, Miniature Paris, and the Paris Experience. This is a fantastic introduction to Paris; nowhere else can you so easily grasp the multitude of political, technological and cultural factors that have shaped this great city.

The Paris Story is a new and unique museum which will take you from the prehistoric settlements to the Middle Ages, through the renaissance, revolutions, restoration, wars, and upheavals. The Paris Experience and Miniature Paris let you see the city as never before. Miniature Paris gives an aerial view of the city on a 3-D model, allowing you to identify and read descriptions about the major city sights. The Paris Experience shows short films about Paris, each highlighting a different topic and shown in 3-D- no glasses required!

 SEX Museum

72, Boulevard Clichy 75018 Paris, France +33 1 42 58 28 73         Open 7/7  From 10.00 am to 2.00 am

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