Musee de L'Homme
Musee de L'Homme
3.5
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Neighborhood: 16th Arr. - Passy
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  • Passy • 6 min walk
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Ivo Carneiro De Sousa
Macau, China138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When you are the father of a 13 years old daughter and a nine years old son, traveling to great world cities and visiting therein the most famous museums usually is grueling. The kids get tired, are confused with the displays, want to eat, to play with their mobile phones, and one wonders why they don't enjoy as you these unique wonders? Then, you criticize their "lazy" iPhone alike "civilization," therefore forgetting that when we were children, we had the same struggle with museums. Let alone when they are "old" and unable to update collections, displays, and the way they related to young people. In this context, it is surprising that anytime we visit Paris, my children do want to return to the Musée de l'Homme. They love it: the modern display teaching human evolution; the elegant and interactive displays explaining cultural diversity; the quiz on world cultures from Africa to Oceania presented in funny, pleasant ways. And the Eiffel Tower is always there, showing its misteries through the museum windows. They play, enjoy, interact, buy their memorabilia, and want to return again and again. Conclusion: kids can enjoy a lot a museum if the museum knows how to talk with them. The Musée de l'Homme do know! Congratulations!
Written January 19, 2020
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Thank you so much for your very encouraging feedback, we highly apreciate it! We are very glad you enjoyed your trip. Looking forward to seeing you again!
Written January 20, 2020
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Ryan S
Keaau, HI372 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Please note - it is really at a basic level and more suited for kids than for well educated adults. When we visited on January 4th it was full of kids (French school holidays). If you are not so well versed in this type of science or have some basic science in your background, it may be appealing for adults too. We found it was too basic to get much new information from this museum. There were some very interesting prehistoric artifacts (from 20k-30k years ago) that were fascinating and very rare. Overall we moved quickly through the museum and rarely stopped long to read the details. There is often too much detail presented also, so you are left feeling you didn't read everything even if you made some attempt, which is frustrating.
I had read that the old ethnographic museum (which Picasso liked and used for views of masks and so on) had become the Musee de l'homme - but in fact you will learn here, most of the items from ethnographic are instead at the Quai Branly museum across the river. And yes I have to say, Quai Branly is a much better place to visit overall.
Written January 11, 2024
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Traveller masis
Istanbul, Türkiye242 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It gives general information about human and society. It can be more interesting for children. ' Je mange donc je suis' exhibition was interesting also. Overall it isn't the one of the first places you should visit while in Paris.
Written February 2, 2020
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We are glad you liked the museum. You may understand though that being exhaustive on such a wide subject is difficult and that the exhibition was designed to be accessible to the largest audience. However, additional content is available at the Germaine Tillion Resource Center whenever you wish to deepen certain topics (1st floor, free access during Museum's opening hours). Kindly note also that meetings and conferences are regularly organized throughout the year: you may find all the programming on our website.
Written February 3, 2020
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concertoitaliano
Kiel, Germany95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Human evolution is one of my greatest interests. I find the way the theme is treated at Musee de l'Homees is one of the best in the world. It is certainly up-to-date, as it incorporates the most recent findings in the analyses of human DNA. The materials are easy to read (also in English) and a special effort has been made to be accessible to lay people. For instance, a video shows the evolution of globalisation from ancient times to today. Materials are plenty. A gem was the section on the iconography of pre-hystoric art. There is a clear message that the exhibition wants to convey - in spite of our physical differences we are all brothers and sisters in one human species-a message I certainly subscribe to. Several temporary exhibition accompany the permanent exhibition, and they are definitely worth looking. At the time of my visit, a photos exhibit by S. Salgado and an exhibit on Neanderthal man were on show. The views over the Eiffel Tower and the Seinne are simply awesome.
Written December 25, 2018
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keithofrpi
NYC80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Both the current Neanderthal exhibit and the permanent exhibit are top of class examples of curatorial excellence. Each exhibit is exceptionally well organized, so that visitors can follow a logical path, getting as much or as little information as they please along the way, but consistently helping you understand what you are seeing and what the implications are. The Neanderthal exhibit, for example, ends with a display of a N. woman dressed in modern fashion, looking very much like some of our friends. It makes the point that the Ns were not so different from you and me. The permanent exhibit, a bit more focused on details, is similarly clear and well designed. This is about the best museum in a city of wonderful ones. The museum is popular, but not particularly crowded.
Written September 3, 2018
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Max W
Vancouver, Canada139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Airy, elegant, inviting. Lucy lives here, though it takes a while to find her: no special arrows or directions—she’s no Mona Lisa with her own room, just another set of strung-together bits of bone. But strangely moving nonetheless: looking at her, you think she might have been the size of one of those modern nine year olds in their school colours sitting on the floor sketching skulls and dinosaurs. The place is beautifully designed for visiting; it guides you gently on a thematic trail through the story of evolution, and little sitting-spots with interactive screens let you orient the contents of the many display cases. Watch out for Rene Descartes's skull (it has his writing all over the forehead) and climb aboard the Senegal express bus for a video trip through the joyous chaos of Dakar. When you want to take a back-to-today break, look beyond the tall windows across the river and you can see the Eiffel Tower in the autumn mist.
Written November 7, 2019
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Thank you so much for sharing your impressions in such a nice way. We are glad that you enjoyed.
Written November 12, 2019
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scouse1941
807 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A wonderful museum. The emphasis is on humanity and not 'nationality'. It is thought provoking, the displays are both static and interactive. I actually participated in an interactive experiment that morphed me into a Neanderthal - not a pretty sight!

One thing I did come away with was an awareness of the impressive achievements of humanity and yet this was shadowed by our current depressive state of affairs. It illustrated how wonderful and creative we are and at the same time how criminally destructive we can be.
Written September 25, 2019
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Thank you so much for your inspiring feedback. We are glad that the visit has been rewarding to you.
Written September 30, 2019
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Marc Derveeuw
Ostend, Belgium402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Musée de l'Homme is an anthropology museum which was established in 1937. The Musée de l'Homme is a research center, which is often forgotten. The museum offers the possibility to find cultural links between people on different continents, focuses on humanity and put emphasis on man being one unique species. It values Human Rights.
Too much attention is going to the Anthropometry and Phrenology. The founder of anthropometry was the Belgian, Adolphe Quételet. In the early 19th century he analyzed the body measurements of conscripts and established a Gaussian distribution. Most people are situated around an average value of a body size around which the others (large and small) spread evenly. Quetelet posited the concept of "the average person", which corresponds to the average characteristics of a population. However, this person did not seem to exist in reality. However, Quételet will be best known for its Quetelet index, which is still popular today as the Body Mass Index. On this basis, the weight of a person can be assessed in relation to his body height in the square.
The Phrenology doctrine, literally "the doctrine of the mind") is a completely abandoned doctrine that stated that predisposition and character are determined by the growth of certain parts of the brain. The character could then be derived from the shape of the skull, which would show certain nodules. From this, the terms mathematical knot and language knot, which have been established in the language of speech, have arisen. The study of the shape and dimensions of the skull is called craniometry. While in 1883 anthropometry was used by Alphonse Bertillon as a system to identify criminals. He found that certain physical characteristics and dimensions of bones remain practically unchanged during adult life. By systematically charting these, everyone could be identified. Unfortunately the science was used in Nazi Germany to define and measure the Arian “UberMensch”. While the collection of wax skulls and bustes is impressive, it should be given less attention given the history of grading people and races, and providing evidence for ranking races and people as higher or lower. ( but not explicitly mentioned in the museum).
Phrenology can still be used to construct a head from a skull in forensic medicine or in archaeology. It was also thought that crime could be predicted on the basis of the body type.
Go and see the temporary exhibition: Shipwreck of the Utile
In 1761 the slave ship L'Utile suffered a shipwreck off the coast of Tromelin, after which a number of the survivors were stuck on the island for fifteen years. L'Utile, a ship of the French East India Company, departed in July 1761 from Madagascar to Mauritius with the main load of a hundred slaves. On the way a heavy storm struck the ship off course, after which it crashed off the coast of Tromelin. The crew and part of the slaves managed to reach the island, but many slaves drowned because they were trapped in the hold. In the first days after the shipwreck there was a shortage of water. The crew kept all water for themselves, causing some of the slaves to die of dehydration. A well was then dug, from which brackish but drinkable water was extracted. The French crew built a boat with wreckage from the Utile. This boat was just big enough to be able to transport all whites, densely packed. There was no room for the slaves. The crew promised the slaves that they would come back to pick them up, and left. They arrived safely in Madagascar.
The exhibition is about the archaeological findings how the people survived.
Written March 4, 2019
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DartonProf
Albany, GA123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
We have never been to this museum but decided to go since it has a science focus. It was a delight! The story line built around the "story telling" woman was really interesting - the evolution of mankind was well developed and made easy for the layman to understand. The displays were rich in detail and I loved doing the "gait" activity. We were surprised to see so many people there because it is a different kind of museum. Give it a try and I think you will be delighted.
Written January 20, 2019
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Slim02
DC11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
I just visited the Musee de l'Homme with my 10 year old daughter. We were threatened, yelled at, and menaced by a vicious security guard for the crime of staying in the museum until 5:45pm, when it closes at 6:00pm, when the staff wanted visitors out early because so few people were there. My daughter is still in shock and shaking. He shouted and pointed at me in such an aggressive manner, I thought he was going to attack me. They bullied and threatened us when all they had to do is ask us to leave.
Written November 22, 2017
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