Musée de la Serrure – Bricard

Chamberlain's keys - Bronze gilt

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Update: The Musée de la Serrure – Bricard is now unfortunately closed, and I have no news of whether it will ever re-open. Carla Polastro-Nigro has contacted me (May 2009) to say that there is now an art gallery (Galerie Libéral Bruand) there now, so if it does open again […]

Musée du Romantisme ( Museum of Romantic Life)

George Sand

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Le Musée du Romantisme, the Museum of Romantic Life, in a rather romantic garden off the street, recreates the atmosphere of the times of the famous novelist Georges Sand and her circle. Aurore Dupin, baronne Dudevant (1804-1876), was a pioneer feminist who chose George Sand as a “nom de plume” […]

Palais de Tokyo, Site de Création Contemporaine

Palais de Tokyo

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Palais de Tokyo is the first art institution in the world to remain open from noon to midnight, everyday except Monday. You can drop by after seeing a movie or dining out! The most avant-garde art museum in Western Europe, it makes a point of showing cutting – in […]

Musée de la Musique

Musée de la Musique

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Musée de la Musique is the "jewel in the crown" of the Cité de la Musique, in the Parc de la Villette; it houses one of the richest collections of musical instruments in the world – over 4500 pieces from the 200 year old National Conservatory on five floors […]

The Musée de la Monnaie (The French Mint)

The French Mint

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Musée de la Monnaie (The French Mint) is conveniently located in the suitably impressive neo-classic Hôtel de la Monnaie facing the Louvre, and offers tours and activities that are especially orientated toward a young audience. It also regularly organizes exhibits, private sales, concerts and auctions for numismatists and medal […]

Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Musée de la Mode et du Textile

Musee des Arts Decoratifs

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries There’s also another fashion museum in Paris at the Louvre: the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was created after the success of the historic Expositions Universelles, and the Musée de la Mode et du Textile opened in the Marsan wing of the Louvre in 1905, moving in 1997 to the Rohan […]

Musée de la Mode et du Costume de la Ville de Paris

Palais de Galliera

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The museum is closed for renovations and is due to be re-opened in Autumn 2013. The Museum of Fashion in Paris is housed in the Palais Galliéra, which was built in Renaissance style at the end of the 19th century. It contains clothing and professional uniforms from 1735 to the […]

Musée de la Magie (Magic Museum)

Musée de la Magie (Magic Museum)

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Georges Proust’s Museum of Magic is in the Marais district, and the museum itself is housed below ground in ancient vaulted chambers built of stone. There are magical antiques, interactive illusions (around 15 interactive "curiosities") and magical devices in the subterranean museum, reached via a stairway down from street level. […]

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Musee Judaisme skull cap and prayer shawl

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme comprises a unique collection of artefacts and documents in a beautiful 17th century building, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. The museum is arranged so that after the introductory hall, each room corresponds to an epoch, a geographic and cultural setting and to a theme: […]

Musée Guimet: Asian Art

Guimet Asian Art Museum

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries – Musée Guimet: Located at 6, place d’Iéna, facing the equestrian statue of George Washington is the Musée Guimet, one of the largest collections of Asian Art, outside of Asia.   The Musée National Guimet has the most important panoramic collection of Indian, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Japanese, Nepalese and Tibetan art […]