Most probably, many of us have heard about such a wonderful London museum of wax figures as Madame Tussauds. So, Paris also has a similar museum – Grevin Museum (Musee Grevin). The inspirer of this museum creation was a director of the French newspaper Le Gaulois Arthur Meyer. The idea arose in his mind in 1881 when television and the cinema did not exist and newspapers had not published photos.
As in all times people wanted to know about famous people (today we call them “celebrity”) as much as possible. It was the reason why Mr. Meyer had decided to establish a museum of wax figures – exact copies of famous persons. His faithful partner and assistant was a well-known painter, sculptor and caricaturist Alfred Grevin. He made great efforts to create exposure, what for, in fact, the museum had got his name. The museum was opened in June 1882 when the first visitors had come to the depository of wax people.
Concerning external and internal design of the Grevin Museum, we must say thanks to the architect Eugène Emile Esnault-Pelterie, who created all this beauty in Venetian rococo and baroque styles with wood and marble, combining the luxury and simplicity at the same time.
Since the time the museum was open, it changed four generations of owners, the collection of exhibits had increased significantly. Unique Grevin Theatre and the Palace of Mirages, which has great popularity among visitors to the museum, had appeared.
For example, the Greven Theater has a unique attractive atmosphere. Its repertoire includes children’s magical performances, dramatic plays, musical concerts, mimes shows. Today the theater is a part of the list of Parisian historical monuments.
Mirages Palace is a magnificent kaleidoscope, consisting of many mirrors installed at different angles. When you get here, you feel like you’re in the center of constantly changing space, where amazing lights and glare play, the sounds of nature (grass rustling, water murmur, roaring of beast of prey…) are heard.
Collection of the Museum consists of more than five hundred wax figures made so professionally that at the first view it seems that you face a real person. Among the wax celebrities you can find such legendary figures as the King Louis XIV, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Brigitte Bardot, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Gabin, as well as many modern representatives of sports, arts, show business, politics. Every year the exposure gets the new “stars”.
Grevin Museum lets Paris residents and visitors to look at different eras, to touch those who previously were saw only in the pictures or on TV.
Grevin Museum is located at: 10, Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris. Metro: Grands Boulevards.