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Musee des Arts and Metiers

Paris, France
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Musee des Arts and Metiers, Paris

Description

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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The beautiful priory.
The beautiful priory.
The steampunk-style metro station.
The steampunk-style metro station.
Brasserie nearby.
Brasserie nearby.
People sit on the low wall outside the museum, enjoying the sunshine.
People sit on the low wall outside the museum, enjoying the sunshine.
The museum is housed in an old priory.
The museum is housed in an old priory.
The church interior is gorgeous, dark and light.
The church interior is gorgeous, dark and light.
Beam engine, circa 1860.
Beam engine, circa 1860.
The wonderful floor in the church.
The wonderful floor in the church.
Big transportation items are on display in the church.
Big transportation items are on display in the church.
Airplane, in the church!
Airplane, in the church!
Faucoult's pendulum, in the church.
Faucoult's pendulum, in the church.
The church is so beautiful.
The church is so beautiful.
Staircase in the main museum building.
Staircase in the main museum building.
Automatic musical instrument: a dulcimer player, created in 1772 for Marie-Antoinette. It plays eight different melodies.
Automatic musical instrument: a dulcimer player, created in 1772 for Marie-Antoinette. It plays eight different melodies.
Gears.
Gears.
Chromatic circle of the dyes used at the Gobelins factory.
Chromatic circle of the dyes used at the Gobelins factory.
Mechanical loom.
Mechanical loom.
Moon buggy.
Moon buggy.
Scanning electron microscope.
Scanning electron microscope.
Musical instruments owned by famous musicians.
Musical instruments owned by famous musicians.
Clocks.
Clocks.
Statue of liberty small replica outside the priory.
Statue of liberty small replica outside the priory.
   

Directions

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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Last Updated Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:59:30 GMT