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 Fragonard

Courtyard of the Musee Fragonard

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Musée Fragonard shows visitors major collections of anatomical "pieces" portraying all systems making up the living body. It contains Honoré Fragonard’s famous "Ecorchés" (he was the cousin of the painter and the first professor of anatomy at the Ecole nationale vétérinaire d’Alfort in 1766). These anatomical figures represent a […]

Musée Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf record

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries Everyone has heard Edith Piaf’s songs like "La Vie en Rose" and "Non, je ne regrette rien," and many know something of her chequered career. Well, Belleville is the neighbourhood where she grew up. The daughter of an acrobat, her real name was Edith Giovanna Gassion, and she only acquired […]

Musée Baccarat

Baccarat logo

Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries The Baccarat Museum is housed in a prestigious mansion on Place des Etats-Unis – once the home of art patron Marie-Laure, Viscountess de Noailles (1920-1970) who held fabulous parties there attended by artists like Man Ray, Cocteau and Dali. The decor is something else; created by trend-setting designer Philippe Starck […]