Art & Culture

Paris museums that you might haven’t known about

The Louvre and the Orsay – like French wine – they’re great but you’re a little bit bored with them? 🙂 Do not worry, Paris is rich in all kinds of museums, among which there are real “treasures” for soul and eyes! Want to see something really interesting and unusual? Then our compilation is for you. Let’s go!

Le Musee de la Prefecture de PoliceParis Police Prefecture Museum (Le Musee de la Prefecture de Police)
Address: 4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, Paris 75005. Metro: Maubert-Mutualite.
Exposition: real evidence, murder weapons, photos from crime scenes (including celebrated cases), old arms, documents… Fans of thrillers and criminalistics will like this museum.

Musee de la ContrefaconMuseum of Fakes (Musee de la Contrefacon)
Address: 16 Rue de la Faisanderie, Paris 75116. Metro: Porte Dauphine.
Exposition: naturally, fakes! Perfumery, CD-discs, perfumes, watch… everything what can be faked, brought in as contraband and sold under a different trademark. All adults might like it.

Musee d'Histoire de la MedecineMedical History Museum (Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine)
Address: 12 Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Paris 75006. Subway: Odeon.
Exposition: human organs, vintage medical instruments, busts of famous doctors of the past… in one word, the things the history of medicine began with. Liked by all “geeks” and simply curious ones. 🙂

Catacombes de ParisCatacombs of Paris (Catacombes de Paris)
Address: Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 75014. Metro: Denfert-Rochereau.
Exposition: tunnels, chambers, and, of course, remains (aka bones) of six (!!!) million of Parisians and other people who’ve died in the city. You’ll definitely like it if not afraid of going down – tension lower your back is guaranteed! 🙂

Musee des VampiresVampires Museum (Musee des Vampires)
Address: 14 Rue Jules David, 93000 Les Lilas (administratively it’s not the capital, but in fact it is Paris). Metro: Porte des Lilas, Mairie des Lilas.
Exposition: posters, books, aspen stakes, garlic, “goods” for Halloween… There is nothing to do here for fans of “Twilight”! Though… 🙂 Can be visited by appointment only. Phone number 01 43 62 80 76 (speak French).

Musee des Arts ForainsMuseum of Carnival Arts (Musee des Arts Forains)
Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, Paris 75012. Metro: Cour Saint-Emilion.
Exposition: absolutely everything you can see on traditional fairs and carnivals in France – and all is in one place under one roof. Who likes this? Everyone! Especially children!

Musee de la Chasse et de la NatureMuseum of Hunting and Nature (Musee de la Chasse et la Nature)
Address: 62 Rue des Archives, Paris 75003. Metro: Rambuteau.
Exposition: hunting weapons, stuffed animals, furniture of hunting trophies… Definitely, hunting enthusiasts will be happy to visit it!

Musee des Egouts de ParisMuseum of Sewage (Musee des Egouts de Paris) 
Address: opposite 93 quai d’Orsay, Paris 75007. Metro: Pont de l’Alma.
Exposition: gold, diamonds, brilliants… Nowhere you can watch them :-), but here: tunnels, maps and all-all-all that is connected with history of Paris sewer system. Those people will like the museum who are interesting not only in boutiques and trendy restaurants in their lives! Expand your horizons!

Musee de la MagieMuseum of Magic (Musee de la Magie) 
Address: 11 Rue Saint Paul, Paris 75004. Metro: Sally-Morland.
Exposition: magic! But, honestly, illusions of high quality, wrapped up with bright beautiful packaging. It is strongly recommended to visit the place for everyone – adults and children – such fabulous emotions do not occur at every step!

Discover new Paris, get to know its interesting history! And do not be afraid to get lost, this city can surprise you at any moment! 🙂