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Musee des Arts et Metiers

60 rue Reaumur, 75003 Paris, France (Notre Dame / Marais)
33 (0)1 53 01 82 00
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Ranked #58 of 788 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The museum provides a good historical perspective on energy, mechanics, communication, construction and transport. There are many displays of historical scientific experiments (measurement of speed of light as an example) along with some history on famous French scientists. I do agree with an earlier reviewer about the abundance of displays that don't have a lot of information to give the... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I don't think it plans to hide, but it does, a little. Once inside you are treated to a massive array of discovery, invention, creativity and genius! The museum's layout is excellent as it guides you through each section of the arts, industry, science, mechanics, photography and electronics. Plan more time than you think as you will spend twice the... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It is an interesting museum if you are not a big fan of paintings of sculptures. Here you can see medieval tools, cars, planes, printing machines, a pendulum, astronomical measurement tools and many other interesting objects from along the history and activity of men.

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Top Contributor
451 reviews 451 reviews
191 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It starts with a fantastic set of early French scientific equipment (including Pascal's machines and a few marine chronometers). I spent nearly an hour there and had to rush through the construction, communication, transport and machinery sections (tip: the modern day sections are less interesting and can be passed quickly). This place is mostly about seeing these old scientific and... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was looking forward to this, being fond of gadgets and mechanics at a very amateur level, but I was a little disappointed. It is crammed with loads of interesting-looking things, but I found the displays to be cold and sterile, not at all as creative and exciting as I had hoped. Foucault's pendulum is a case in point --... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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224 reviews 224 reviews
51 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Engineers that enjoy the history of their profession, both old and recent, will enjoy this museum. The museum is divided into section so you walk through rooms dedicated to instruments, construction, measurement, energy, etc. There are only a few large exhibits. For example, the construction room contains scale models of buildings. The best part, in my opinion, is at the... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a Museum of Innovations. Really fascinating and well displayed exhibits and if you are there at midday you will have a wonderful lecture and demonstration of Foucault 's pendulum in French. Walking distance from Grand Hotel de Champaigne

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Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Le Musee des arts et metiers is at its best with displays or models of early technology. It may show for example some of the equipment from Lavoisier's laboratory or Pascal's counting device. It is divided in sections, such as textiles, glass, printing, transportation, etc. It is weaker in displays of what is supposed to pass for contemporary technology that... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was one of the best surprises in our last visits to Paris. The collection of this museum is very extensive and the layout of exhibits is perfect! Loads of educational and extra information on the history of "technology" and its development through the ages. Great for inquisitive kids (boys especially). A must visit. reserve some time, there's a lot... More

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Paris, France
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A visit to this museum is very educational. It's big and is dedicated to showing the history of inventions and technology. The displays are simply wonderful (don't miss the airplane hanging from the church ceiling). It's well worth the detour away from the usual tourist circuit.

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