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Metiers Art Museum, Paris
(4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Founded in 1794 as a repository to preserve scientific instruments and inventions, Metiers Art Museum houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. The museum has over 80,000 objects and 15,000 drawings in its collection. Among its collection is an original version of Foucault's pendulum. To visit Metiers Art Museum on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris vacation route planner.
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  • The Museum of arts and crafts in the buildings of the former royal Priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs. Part of the collection of transport is even exposed in the old church. The museum traces the milestones in the history of innovation of science and technology. Thousands of objects, machines and models are exposed. The permanent exhibition of the Museum of arts and crafts is organized into seven thematic collections: instruments scientists, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics, and transport. The collections are rich. However, my impression of the visit to the Museum is mixed. I liked to see certain objects or some machines: the pendulum of Foucault, the plane of Clément Ader, Louis Blériot, the Dray of Cugnot's plane, the Ford Model T, the loom of Vaucanson... (see my photos). In several rooms, I however walked quickly past the windows. There too few written explanations. It's a shame because the visit of the Museum becomes quickly boring. Overall, I especially enjoyed the collection on transport. I think that to make a visit to this Museum really interesting, I should have to take an audio guide.
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  • Go to any GSE and especially with children. The workshops or animations (to book in advance) are magical. Inventions and creations history are well explained. The collections are of great beauty and diverse. It's fascinating, even if it is not scientific.
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  • If you have an interest in technological innovation; then this museum is a must see. Founded in 1794 and with over 2,400 inventions to see and some to operate. Put aside at least 3 hours. If you want ...  more »
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  • Museum of technologies, instruments and inventions. I found it to be very interesting. Among many fascinating exhibits from several centuries of history of science, you can find here real Foucault pendulum, model of the Statues of Liberty, old vehicles.
  • Very cool place with lots of scientific and industrial items on display. Well worth a few hours if you are interested in that sort of thing. They have an English guide map but very few displays are labeled in anything other than French.
  • Science and technology met at this museum. Easy to visit in a couple of hours. Great for a rainy afternoon.
  • One of my personal favorite museum in paris. much less crowded then bigger and more famous options in the fity . Must visit if you are curious about history of science and industry. nice cafe serving brunch and lunch as well!
  • Amazing, especially if you're into science. Free for people under 26 living in the EU