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Metiers Art Museum, Paris

Categories: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • This is a cool quiet gem in Paris. I just was gah gah over their temporary exhibition on science as art. The standard exhibition is totally bonkers. If you're interested in objects, science, design, e...  read more »
  • The audio guide is essential. Not scientific for two under but still amazed! Amazing models. A spacious, bright presentation. And you can take pictures! Exciting development in the Church. Super nice demonstration of the Foucault pendulum at noon farting. We will be back of course.
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  • Museum hotel in a pleasant setting. The Museum is in old buildings recently renovated including a church. Very nice collections whose treasures: from the outside (ancestor of the calculator), the largest sculpture in full made glass, (a lion with a snake), models of the statue of freedom,... and a whole bunch of objects ranging from the industrial area early today. Visits guided free all day, I had the chance to have a private tour! It is advisable to come to the opening at 10: 00, lunch in the brasserie of the Museum, which is excellent, and all afternoon to stroll through the Museum. €8 full price.
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  • See a Foucault Pendulum and a real Cugnot steam truck among hundreds of great exhibits. Nice cafe and gift shop. Allow 2+ hours for a quick visit. Take the kids.
  • Far more interesting than I had ever anticipated. Definitely worth a leisurely visit. Absolutely fascinating for anybody interested in the history of science and/or technology. Word of advice, though--avoid the cafe. Poor food and overpriced. Try L'Absinthe Cafe on Rue de Turbigo just outside the musem--MUCH better!
  • Huge collection of inventions and scientific instruments. Staff was very cooperative. They could easily understood English and guide us accordingly. I'll visit again.
  • An incredible museum, teaches so much without ever feeling like an effort to learn. Enjoyed it immensely and looking forward to a return visit.
  • Much larger than what I thought before stepping in, it would take you several hours to go through the endless collection of artifacts tracing back energy, transportation and innovation in general to their roots. Take the audioguide and don't miss the Foucault's pendulum demonstration twice a day.
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