Musée des Monuments Français

Musée des Monuments Français

Musée des Monuments Français
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By the breadth, scope and chronological magnitude of its collections, the Museum of French Monuments is one the leading and oldest museums dedicated to architecture and monument heritage. It first came into being in 1882 as the Museum of Comparative Sculpture, before becoming the Museum of French Monuments in 1937. It was subsequently integrated into the new cultural establishment created in 2004, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine.
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Yomama17
Pismo Beach, CA39 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Paris has so many museums that one like this, which would be the crown jewel in a smaller town, gets overlooked. With full scale plaster casts of the most important monuments in France, reproductions of frescos, glass, etc. and small scale models of the buildings, it was a fantastic visit. Add to that, the best view of the Eiffle tower that you will get, from their windows.

If you are at all interested in architecture or construction techniques, do not miss this museum.

I would subtract a point, for a lack of English labels on many exhibits, but I add a point back because it's included in the museum pass, so it was free to us.
Written June 28, 2015
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Zenaidasworld
Berlin, Germany258 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
Showing excellent plaster casts of monuments dating from the 12th to the 18th century from all over France, this museum is well worth a visit if you are not planning to visit all these places. On the upper floor is a (changing) space for models of contemporary architectural models. And its floor-to-ceiling windows give an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower. If you have a Museumpass or Parispass, this museum is included for free.
Written March 29, 2015
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robbytheriver
St neots28 contributions
Nov 2012 • Solo
I did not really know what to expect, but I liked the look of what was on offer and so thought I would have a little poke around, well I emerged 4 hours later still not having seen everything, the lower floor has a vast collection of plaster casts of historic french buildings. The second floor has many recreations of paintings from church interiors.
Also on the second floor thre is a most facination exibition on french archtecture, even though i bought a ticket to visit the temporary exibitions as well, I ran out of time.
Entry to the musem was very rapid with no long lines....

Only one thing which annoyed slighly, there are explination cards in many differnent languages,(french, german, chinese etc) however in a lot of these there was no english translations.... why.
Written November 5, 2012
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Davide G
Palermo, Italy3,398 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Amazing museum! Just incredible what they brought here. One of the most interesting museums of the city. Impossible to be described, you have to come and see.
Written September 6, 2015
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Maryanne D
Sydney, Australia121 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The reproductions of some of the significant monuments and structures in France are superb, the models, as usual in France are amazing and the setting is wonderful.
Have lunch in the café with a view of the Eiffel Tower that is a bit different.
Written March 21, 2014
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Amy C
Frankfurt, Germany68 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
I visited the Musee des Monuments Francais using my Paris Museum Pass. Its located right next to the observation area across the street from the Eiffel Tower. I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. It had all the famous monuments replicated so you could walk right up to them. No lines and flash photography friendly, I really enjoyed myself.
Written February 7, 2014
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Not_The_Donald
Maryland101 contributions
May 2013 • Family
The Musee des Monuments Francais is a bright, airy and altogether lovely place to spend a few hours admiring beautifully rendered casts and models of facades, as well as decorations from many of France's most beautiful churches, monuments and other buildings. Not the least of the Museum's appeal is in allowing the visitor to approach so closely and study works usually seen only from relatively far away. Along with a millenium of classical works represented on the main floor, you will find upstairs the modern -- a full size reconstruction of one of a LeCorbusier's apartments for La Radieuse in Marseilles, for example, his take on high density "communal living" in post-war France.

Finally, there is the wide ranging art and architecture bookshop. We stopped on the way out almost as an afterthought, but were equally impressed to see there texts covering everything from classical to street art. Yet another nice surprise from -- and reason to visit -- this excellent Museum. And if your attention wanders inside the Museum, you can always look out the window at one of the more stunning views we have found of the Eiffel Tower.
Written July 5, 2013
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Porschehund
Calgary, Canada297 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
We stopped in after a visit to the Trocadero area and were very impressed. Hundreds of building casts, many of them the originals moved to preserve them, on the main floor. Little do some of the Notre Dame visitors realize that original stonework is here & that they are looking at reproductions! Same for the Arc de Triomphe. A sample station is also set up showing how these works were created. If you are into the architecture of Paris this is a great place to visit...hidden gem! A nice bonus is the main floor coffee shop, the eating area offers views of the tower across the Seine.
Written May 12, 2013
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paul_czerny
Lexington, MA177 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My wife and I are lucky enough to get to Paris once a year. We always stop at the monument museum. It's filled with replicas and models of many monuments and cathedrals. It contains casts of the angels that are on the Strasbourg Cathedral. The originals are in the Strasbourg Musee de l'OEuvre Notre-Dame which is worth a visit in itself. The Monument Museum which is the permanent collection of the The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is not to be missed. The little cafe is great for an espresso and a snack.
Written October 1, 2018
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janpal
New York City, NY632 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
I give this place 5 stars but 2 stars for PR and organization. Perhaps this shows how architects can create a museum and how not to find it. Think tower of Babel. It's a truly wonderful place. There are exact replicas of many major church monuments. And they are exact along with frescoes. On our last visit a major part of the frescoes was closed. Big disappointment. When we asked no one knew when they'd be open. Great views of the Eiffel Tower, by the way, from the second floor where there is a fantastic display of modern architecture including a life size le Corbusier 2-story apartment! That you can walk through and stand on its balconies. You get an audio app with the price of admission but it needs updating.
Last year the museum had a different entrance. We had to really search it out this year. And we had been there before. It's almost criminal. Just keep asking the guards etc. This place desperately needs better signage I.e. ANY SIGNAGE and a PR DEPARTMENT!
Written July 26, 2017
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