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Musee de la Musique

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Address: In the Cite de la Musique | 221 av. Jean-Jaures, 19e, Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-44-84-44-84
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Description: This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete...
This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete with audio commentary.
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We had paid to go see the fabulous David Bowie expo at the Philharmonie de Paris and this ticket also allowed us to visit the Musée de la Musique. I wasn’t going to get the audio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had paid to go see the fabulous David Bowie expo at the Philharmonie de Paris and this ticket also allowed us to visit the Musée de la Musique. I wasn’t going to get the audio guide even though it was free because I usually don’t have patience for those things. However, it was highly recommended by staff and I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It was not what we expected, but we liked what was explained about the instruments. However, it looks like they are not yet well organized to attract tourists and visitors.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I'm just a "tagger" to a music nerd but I do appreciate seeing beauty and rare and interesting things. While this place was a bit out in the "burbs", it was an easy ride on the Metro. Alight at Porte de Pantin Metro and walk across the square and you are there. There's a huge selection of instruments, audio and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you're studying music, this place is for you. The instruments, of which there are many (!), are organised chronologically, with countless rarities and a great English audio guide to take you through. The octobass is a particular highlight, and I found myself gaping at the beautiful artwork inside the harpsichord lids. Near the end there's a Theremin to play... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

First, this place is huge!! Several floors of unbelievable musical instruments. There are audio guides, one for adults and another for children, with interesting narrations and explanations of the various instruments and clips of music played to illustrate. The metro stop is right outside the museum so not hard to get to at all. My 9 yr. old granddaughter was... More 

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Offenbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Absolutely stunning, unforgettable museum on the history of musical instruments (strings, winds, brass, keyboards, electronics - all of them!). When in Paris, GO THERE! This may well be the most comprehensive museum on musical instruments history on the entire planet. Certainly, I have never even heard of anything that compares to THIS place. Absolutely a MUST-SEE if you're at all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The instruments are locked behind glass, and nothing is provided to help you appreciate the music made with them. If it were a car museum, the pieces of cars would be exhibited but there would be no complete cars to admire. Really quite uneventful. It's near a nice park for children, a couple of fast food restaurants, and a supermarket... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

After looking at reviews of this place I decided to take my children there, even though it was out of the way. My kids are both learning the piano, so I thought this museum would introduce them to other instruments and other types of music. When getting the free children's tickets at the counter (the adults had Paris Museum passes... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

First things first - this place is far from the centre, BUT the neighbourhood is really cool, if you want to see how real Parisiens live and commute. We tried a restaurant in the neighbourhood and it was really good and totally local-oriented. Also about 30% of the price that we had been paying downtown. Here's the thing - this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I was at first reluctant when my 18 year old niece wanted to visit but after the first few minutes I realized this is a hidden gem in the amazing array of museums in Paris. I recommend the audio tour as it provides so much information as well as sound to the museum. We took more time than anyone had... More 

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the center.
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