Musee des Arts and Metiers
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Musee des Arts et Metiers is a museum of historic scientific instruments and inventions, opened way back in 1802. It is interesting for techies but kids won't like this museum because there is very little that is interactive.
The room where the airplane of Clement Ader is displayed has gorgeous architecture, while most of the museum is quite plain.
The best part of the museum is the area inside the church, a medieval priory, where larger items like airplanes are displayed. There is a beam engine, as well as a Foucault pendulum. The church interior is beautiful with its dark and light contrasting colors and has been well-preserved.
There are many exhibits in the main museum building, including musical instruments belonging to famous musicians, automatic musical instruments such as a dulcimer player created for Marie-Antionette, gears, a color wheel of factory dyes, clocks, computers, and more.
Outside the museum, people sit on the low wall in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. The metro station, Arts et Metiers, is incredible inside with its shiny steampunk interior, reminiscent of the science fiction works of Jules Verne. Don't miss the metro station!
While you're on the right bank, check out the amazing Louvre Pyramid.
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Musee des Arts and Metiers is located at 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, France. The nearest metro station is Arts et Metiers.
It is open Tues- Sun 10-6. Closed Mondays. Open late on Thurs till 9:30pm, and free during those late hours. Closed May 1 and Dec 25.
Entrance fee is 8 euros for adults, 5.50 euros for students. Entrance is free the first Sunday of the month.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.