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Musee de la Prefecture de Police

#269 of 1,027 things to do in Paris
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Address: 4 rue de la Montagne Ste Genevieve, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 44 41 52 50
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This museum explores the history of the Parisian police force from the 17th...

This museum explores the history of the Parisian police force from the 17th century to the present.

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Quirky museum off the tourist track in Paris

This museum is on the third floor of an operational police station. There were no problems with entry through the reception area of the police station and finding the nearby... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 5, 2016
Linda P
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This museum is on the third floor of an operational police station. There were no problems with entry through the reception area of the police station and finding the nearby lifts. There were only one or two other visitors present in the museum while we were there. The text explaining the exhibits is mostly in French, but you don't need... More 

1 Thank Linda P
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

The museum is small though the exhibits are interesting. There are a number of items on display that range over a wide time period which include uniforms, billy clubs, handcuffs and the like.. There's not a lot of English though a lot is self explanatory. If you like this sort of thing, it's worth the visit.

1 Thank BobTravelSFO
Terrigal, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

A free museum in a working police station (3rd floor) as you would expect very tight security. Only about 50% of display have English interpretations - unfortunately, however, the English descriptors are very relevant to most of the larger exhibits. Fascinating collection of murder weapons with English description. Good displays of uniforms throughout the ages. Recommended!

1 Thank Vada
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Nice Museum. Free entry. I noticed a large group was having a guided tour in French. A lot of archives on famous criminal cases. Decommissioned guillotine. Then you can stroll Bd St Germain to Bd St Michel in Latin Quarter.

2 Thank Maravalj
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum is on the 3rd floor of the police station. Don't be shy because the desk officer will direct you to the elevators for your tour of this free museum. You can see the history of the Paris police along with weapons and criminal artifacts. Don't miss the guillotine blade. I just wish there were more descriptions in English... More 

4 Thank Peripatetic_Engineer
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

Once you get past the complete weirdness of walking into a police station to get to the museum, the museum itself will really surprise you. It's small, but has really amazing artifacts, like arrest records of famous people, evidence from some of the more infamous cases, the first (giant) mugshot camera, and, best of all, a guillotine. A real guillotine!... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Being a retired police officer I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. While I am not completely literate in French I was able to see many of same tools and techniques we use in the US. I really enjoyed seeing a close up of the guillotine and the various weapons.

4 Thank chadz52
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

This unasumming Police Museum is located in a working Police Station, so it felt a little weird walking through a crowd of people needing Police assistance. However, the museum is free and is visually quite interesting. We understand basic french and so could read the descriptions and get the main points of the history and events. The most intersting part... More 

3 Thank CarleneGroen
Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

This museum is located on the second floor of a working police station, which I don't believe receives very many tourists. While we were there I think a total of four other tourists were visiting, all French. All descriptions of the exhibits are in French only, but basic French will suffice to get the gist, and the exhibits themselves are... More 

5 Thank Andrew C

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