History Museums in Paris

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History Museums in Paris

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  • collegefield
    United Kingdom405 contributions
    We had a lovely time here worth it for the garden alone. So relaxing and some great art. A must serum Montmarte. The gardens are stunning to relax in.
    Written April 23, 2022
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  • cliu
    Vancouver, Canada6,452 contributions
    Tried 3 times to visit this museum over the years,but it was always closed due to high holidays or other Jewish holidays.

    Today we were lucky as it was open. First time visiting and I learned so much how the French government and Vichy regime treated the Jews alongside the Germans. Almost all the signs were in French and English and I wished the video would have had English subtitles.

    The museum has high security …X-ray of bags and security guard had to buzz us in. Upon leaving, there are 2 separate doors letting you out. The first door to the street will not open unless the 2nd door is closed. All this security is great, imho.

    During our visit, there was a homosexual lesbian exhibition and again I learned so much how they were treated by both the German government and the French. The had to wear a pink triangle to denote homosexuality and many were sent to prison, mental institutions, or concentration camps.

    If you enjoy history, an afternoon at this museum will bring you much knowledge.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA12,771 contributions
    You can learn about music styles and instruments here at this modern museum at the outer edge of the city. It's worth the effort to come out here. Look for some terrific special expos.
    Written September 29, 2021
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  • Barbara S
    Krakow, Poland1,286 contributions
    It's definitely worth a visit, espcially the 2nd floor, where the rooms are decorated. The staff was fantastic - nice and helpful!
    Written July 18, 2021
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  • JH3traveler
    California, United States95 contributions
    They have a lovely collection. We visited because it was raining. Glad we did though if the sun was out, I probably would have skipped it.
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • SakiJR
    Turku, Finland931 contributions
    Small museum. Excellent collection of military medals, pieces of Napoleon belongings, maltese knights and military related collection, costumes and paintings. Free entrance, opens at 13.00. I strongly recommend to visit. Friendly and attentive personnel.
    Written February 13, 2020
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  • ginsengNewYork
    new york1,168 contributions
    Magnificent Mansion housing National French Archives.
    If you are interested in history, do not miss this fascinating and free museum : it displays some amazing historical documents such as letters written by Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Robespierre, etc, etc.
    Documents are housed in display cases with explanations of their significance and the place they held in nearly 1400 years of French history. However, they do rotate as they are quite fragile.
    The temporary exhibits are a lot of fun as well : We saw the Guerre Des Moutons exhibit on the importance of the merino sheep in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and the competition between different countries in times when wool was supremaly important.
    Don't miss the period rooms (the museum was formerly the Soubise Chateau)
    nor the indoors gardens : the front royal courtyard or the gardens on the right side of the mansion offer delicious moments of peace savoured by Parisians who picnic there during sunny days !
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • jean marc B
    Paris, France21 contributions
    The place is interesting and present the Parisian police along the centuries. It is well documented..
    The museum is free
    Written December 12, 2019
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  • SNP
    2 contributions
    Excellent museum on the WW2 occupation of Paris and the events around its liberation. Visually engaging, in a convenient new location, and free. Presentation are historically objective, showing heroic and venal aspects of the occupation. Lots of objects to evoke the period, biographies or key individuals, and well-done films. Only disappointment was that the command post was closed when we visited.
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA12,771 contributions
    Come and see where the author lived and from where he made his famous escapes when his creditors arrived. Very pretty and quiet garden outside.
    Written August 11, 2018
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  • Maureen M
    5 contributions
    When you go to see Napoleon's Tomb, take the time to see the military museum and the Musee des Plans-Reliefs just behind. Signage isn't great, but it is in the back to the right of the courtyard.
    Written October 8, 2019
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  • Companion260101
    25 contributions
    A quintessential French museum!

    Actually, i first went years ago and loved it. It then closed for many years for remodeling and now it’s even better! Whereas there is a modern tendency to dumb down exhibits and replace them with bells, whistles and tech, the Musee de la Poste took the opposite track and made it even more informative with a strong historical perspective (like many French museums.)

    One highlight relates to the Seige of Paris (how did one carrier pigeon carry entire newspaper articles?). There are also the articulated visual semaphore system placed every 10 k that managed to deliver news across the length of France, a four hundred year old letter and a panel about delivering mail via a rocket (Yes. A rocket.)

    Only caveat - it’s all in French.
    Written September 8, 2021
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  • SUMIT R
    New Delhi, India128 contributions
    The museum is a great reflection of the wonderful work done by some of the renowed scientist and researchers . The place is been well preserved and tells us about the time when great people like louis pasteur use to work. The neighbouring institute pasteur is still carrying out wonderful work to support humanity.
    Its a must visit place for youngesters to appreciate the work been done by some of the important discoveres in medicine and health.
    Can be reached using M6 line of metro.
    Written April 2, 2017
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  • Steve R
    Temecula, CA2,128 contributions
    This ended up being the best Museum of our trip. Being a military fan it was MUCH more than expected. First of it is HUGE! The artifacts are top notch. I mean they have napoleon's horse on display. Absolutely magnificent weapons displays all the way back to the 1400's. Believe me when I say you can't miss this. We spent double the time here compared to The Louvre.
    Written May 14, 2017
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