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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 #57 of 774 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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49 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 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
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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Irvington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this museum, went in and adored the place. A gorgeous building, elegant architecture, and so well curated. Shows 'how things work' with excellent examples of machines throughout history. Very interesting exhibits, all simply beautiful. Our kids (ages 15&12) were fascinated to see actual machines they have learned about in Social Studies classes. 3 hours and we had... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Besides Foucault Pendulum there are lots of great pieces to check out. Coming from Silicon Valley its easy to forget that the technology revolution started long before computers. So long as people had time to dream up new ways of doing things, people have found ways to dramatic change the way we interact and shape the world. Whether you see... More

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Faro, Portugal
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a great museum to know a lot more about science history. You can see Antoine Lavoisier laboratory instruments, and a lot more about science development. We saw a demonstration (in french) of Foucault pendulum, who explained the rotation of earth.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This museum has potential, but is in need of better organization and customer care. We found the audio guide nessesary as there are very few descriptions in English. We spent three hours in the museum. In the end we were very dissapointed. Half an hour before closing they were pushing everyone out the door. Everyone who was still in the... More

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