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“Great collection, extraordinary audio” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee de la Musique

Musee de la Musique
In the Cite de la Musique | 221 av. Jean-Jaures, 19e, Paris, France (La Villette)
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Owner description: This museum has nearly 1,000 different instruments on display, complete with audio commentary.
Omaha, Nebraska
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“Great collection, extraordinary audio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Over 1500 different instruments displayed, mostly European but some from Africa, Oceania, and other cultures. For many of them, press the button on your audio machine, and get a history of the instrument in your choice of language, or get the music of the instrument by itself or in concert. Also special numbers for kids ( of all ages). The instruments are grouped by type ( e.g. Horns) or chronologically. Housed in a magnificent building a little out of the heart of Paris, its an easy Metro ride to within a half-block of the Museum. No lines or crowds, just a great visit.

Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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“I dare you to find a better use of an audio tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The first saxophones created Adolph Sax, and aboriginal instrument created by termites, and a rare live performance of a Crystal Bachet. Every instrument comes alive in the audio tour provided by the museum. You can also buy a CD of the entire museum in English. This is my all time favorite museum. I believe that I've seen examples of instruments in the museum in the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). See if you can pick it out.

Visited August 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Most friendly museum to non-French visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

With a rich collection of exhibits and excellent curation, this is one of the most impressive visits in my 7-day trip in Paris. The free English audio guide together with video descriptions of various instruments and artists are very attractive to both me and my 10 years-old son. It's not crowded and live performances are free for visitors. Highly recommended to families! Don't miss the big park nearby!

Visited June 2014
Thank MrsLui
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“Very good option for music lovers or those who are looking for something different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is not one of the key attractions in Paris, but still a very good one. The museum is very well presented. There are a variety of musical instruments (three floors) presented in chronological order. The audio guide allows you to hear what the instruments sound like. If you do not read french, then the audio guide is very important to have so you have some explanation of what you are seeing.

Unless you have an interest in music history, I would not recommend this for a first time visit to Paris as there are other attractions more unique to Paris. Nevertheless, it is a good option if you have been to Paris multiple times and are looking for something new to see. It is also a good indoor activity to get away from the crowds.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Uncrowded Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We loved this museum. It was well organized and the artwork that accompanied some of the displays was a nice addition. The audio guide is a must even for French speakers because you can listen to beautiful samples of the instruments as you walk along and learn about them.

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