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Mundolingua
Ranked #159 of 1,275 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Language is one of the fundamental abilities that makes us human. It has also played a key role in the evolution of people and modern society. To reveal the secrets of language, Mundolingua gives you the opportunity to discover language, languages and linguistics. A real little "discovery area", Mundolingua invites you on a voyage in an unusual, fun and cozy setting, in the heart of the Latin Quarter: between the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Sulpice. The different themes and services of Mundolingua: - Language Continent - Languages Continent - "Fun with language" Continent / Relaxation Space - New Technology & Linguistics Continent - Micro-Cinema, Shop. Mundolingua is open to everyone! Whether you are a beginner or an expert linguist, our exhibition has 3 levels of difficulty, so that you can go into more detail at every step. You are welcome to follow our news to hear about our events (conferences, panels, workshops...). Enjoy your visit!
Reviewed May 5, 2014

I saw a listing for this in a book a friend gave me and easily found it. It is around the corner from St. Sulpice, between the church and the Musee Luxembourg on Rue Servandoni. I didn't know what to expect but I spent over two hours there and only did the main floor and a couple of exhibits on the lower level. This museum is all about language and is very interactive. It appeals to children and adults. I believe it has only been open since October. I had a conversation with the young woman who took the entrance fee at the beginning of my visit and at the end. I found out she is one of the people who created the exhibit. She has a PhD in languages (I think) and is from the Czech Republic. Very sweet and knowledgeable. You receive a head set that you can plug into each video stop. You select English, in my case, and go from there. The lower level is much larger than the first floor. I was taken aback at how much more I could have learned. There is also a very clean bathroom downstairs. I think this is a great place to visit after seeing St. Sulpice and before going to Musee Luxembourg or Jardin du Luxembourg. There is also a cafe on Servandoni right before you get to the Musee Luxembourg on Rue Vaugirard that serves crepes and galettes. The fee for Mundolingua was 7 euros

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

What an amazing experience in this unique museum! We had not realized how extensive the information would be and had not allotted enough time- an hour is too short, but so much can be gained even in a half -hour. The information is clearly presented. The viewer travels from computer site to computer site, each site explores a specific aspect of language. Among the sites that most impressed me were those that looked at four elements in other languages that are not part of the structure of the english language; for instance, in some languages, the past tense distinguishes whether information was acquired through direct experience or through hear-say. Another site explored the differences in colors described by different languages. And I was very impressed by how several sites conveyed the sense of how political languages are - that what can be said is related to what needs to be said in that language, and that different languages lie in different ways. The link between languages and the people who speak them may seem obvious but the museum makes connections that reinforce the importance of this link. So many aspects of language are presented: from shibboleths to code to linguistic theories. The examples chosen to represent each point illustrate the message extremely well, and I especially enjoyed the sites with video. I teach in the US, and I wish we had access to this museum -- it is a wonderful site to learn and to begin a conversation that could be followed up in consecutive class visits. The woman at the front desk enhanced my experience by adding her personal knowledge and by helping orient me to the organization of the museum. She answered all my questions patiently and thoroughly, and gave a very human presence to my visit. I will certainly disseminate information on this museum and encourage friends and colleagues to visit.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

This fascinating little museum packs the entire history of language and languages into a very Parisian space! Every inch of space is used for displays and interactive exhibits are great for all ages, whether you have studied languages or not. They have the Tower of Babel, the Rosetta Stone, and even an original Enigma machine. Clearly this has been put together with a great deal of care by a team passionate about language. The building has heaps of atmosphere, the vaulted basement in particular, which used to host private functions, is very impressive. There are some great creperies nearby and it is very handy to the Luxembourg Gardens. I recommend the year pass so you can go back as many times as you want!

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

I came upon this museum by chance after a visit to Saint Sulpice and I must say I have never seen anything quite like it! On offer was a fascinating exploration through the history and development of language, from the cultural mythologies about the origin of languages through to enigma machines, Google translations, puzzles and much more. With highly interactive and cleverly designed displays there was more than enough to keep me well occupied for the afternoon, including a life sized replica of the Rosetta Stone, made specifically for Mundolingua by the British Museum. If you are at all interested in language then this is really a must visit. And if he’s around, it’s also worth pulling the owner aside for a talk, his passion and knowledge about language is wonderful.

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