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“For lovers of science and invention”

Musee des Arts et Metiers
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Ranked #88 of 1,973 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

For lovers of science and invention, this museum is a treasure. Every room holds something wonderful...Foucault's pendulum, the Lumière cinematograph, spy cameras, old cars and planes, a camera obscura and plates for daguerreotypes, Blaise Pascal's 1642 calculator, ancient telescopes, Antoine Lavoisier’s laboratory, clever 18th century automatons, a 19th century flying machine, and so much more.
There is an English map and, under each item, a short description in English.Slide shows demonstrating a process (for example, the making of a daguerreotype) have subtitles in French and English.
This might not be the best museum for little kids who get bored without lots of interactive gadgets. But for adults and older children...take your sense of wonder and set it free.

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Great musueum with a humongous collection of scientific artifacts from the dawn of time !! U can get a great overview of scientific progress in the last 10 centuries or so here. Some examples are - Lavoisier's full experimental setup, Foucault's pendulum, Foucault's setup for measuring the speed of light, the evolution of the modern camera - and so on and so forth. One caveat - people who are not interested in science can get bored quickly.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

This is a place for people with imagination! If you like the film 'Hugo' - go see. It is full of mechanical wonders, automatons and flying machines. There are interactive elements which are made of brass and wood and look like the exhibits. I don't have a scientific mind, nor am I mechanically minded but Clement Ader's flying machine with bat wings suspended in the grand stairwell made my heart sing! Foucoult's pendulum is a wonder. The autonomaton lady playing the piano (see it in motion in the little film) was brilliant! Leave plenty of time to go into the converted church section - it's full of big exhibits and quite steam punk! My scientifically minded son was fascinated, my artistic daughter was delighted by the contemporary art - Polynesian carvings made from surf boards and skateboards! It makes me want to go back to Paris again soon!

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is a very high quality museum indeed. The collection is comprehensive and the presentation is clear. Normally I do not enjoy museums with the objects in glass cabinets but in this case I made an exception as the items were so interesting. There are no cheap tricks for the smallest children but a teen genuinely interested in tech and nature sciences should do fine. This is serious stuff, not a playground.

1  Thank Major B
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Every time We are in Paris we go here. Shops in a viaduct. Now have quite a number of real craftsmen. Woodworkers, furniture designs, leather workers. Material designers. Very few empty. Over near the Opera.

Thank wgroves
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