Think outside the box – unusual museums in Paris
Published on 5 March 2019 in Exhibitions and Museums
While we are all aware of famous places like the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou Centre, the capital is also filled with unusual and lesser-known museums. Treat yourself to an original outing from our selection of offbeat museums.
Unusual museums – the art of living
The Musée des Arts Forains - the Museum of Fairground Arts - is always high on our list of favourites. Although visits are by appointment only, the small amount of organisation is well worth the effort. Dedicated to fairground and funfair art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it features carousels, sideshows and other objects that can be moved and touched. Delve into the exciting atmosphere of the traditional funfair in the superb setting of the Bercy pavilions. In the same spirit, the Wine Museum invites you to discover one of the most enduring symbols of our culture while the Chocolate Museum, Choco-Story Paris, is a fun and tasty outing for all ages.
Museums that speak to your emotions
Want to shiver with fear? Journey into the history of underground Paris with a visit to the Catacombs or the absolutely fascinating Sewer Museum.
The Museum of the History of Medicine will also make you shudder as you take a cold hard look at the treatment and conditions endured by our poor ancestors!
For something a little more elegant, head for the Atelier des Lumières where you'll find original digital exhibits in the premises of a former foundry.
Finally, the Post Office Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts or the Playing Card Museum are among the dozens of places that offer you a slice of history from a fun point of view. Museums aren't limited to paintings or sculptures. Dare to venture off the beaten path with a visit to one of the many unusual museums in Paris.
More information :
- Musée des Arts Forains
- Musée du Vin
- Musée Choco Story
- Musée des Égouts
- Musée d'histoire de la Médecine
- Atelier des Lumières
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