Musee de la Poste, Paris

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The Musée de La Poste is the museum of the French postal operator La Poste. It specialises in the postal history and philately of France. Opened in 1946, the museum has been located on two sites in Paris. The museum is presently closed for redevelopment, and as at November 2015, is expected to be closed for the next two years.GenesisThe idea of a postal museum was first published by philatelist Arthur Maury after scale models of postal rail transportation were exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris. Projects were written at the beginning of the 20th century, but nothing concrete was done.In 1936, Eugène Vaillé, a civil servant at the French posts' library, convinced Minister of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones Georges Mandel to relaunch the project. By 1937, establishment in the Choiseul-Praslin hôtel was studied. Although the economic crisis of the 1930s and World War II prevented any actual opening, a semi-postal stamp was issued on 6 July 1939 and a ruling council was instituted in 1943 with Vaillé as president. After the war, finance and an inventory by Vaillé of the postal archives permitted the inauguration in 1946.The Musée postal de France (Postal Museum of France) opened on 4 June 1946 at the Choiseul-Praslin hôtel, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Its first collections were exhibited on 600 square metres and postage stamps constituted the main part. To help in managing the museum, an association was founded in 1947: the Société des amis du musée de La Poste.
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  • The museum itself was closed when I visited and the shop had a lunch break that was not announced on the website, so I had to linger for an hour (well, I had lunch myself) before they opened. It was.....  more »
  • I was skeptical when I read that the Musee de la Poste was an interesting, must see museum. But I was convinced after our recent trip there. The museum, although a chronicle of the postal system in....  more »
  • This small museum tells a fascinating story of postal communication, bringing to (a rather dim) light dozens of artifacts - mailboxes and stamps, telegraph machines and sorting equipment, postmen...  more »
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  • A museum forbids the timbrals on pain of being bent and freed... Joking aside, the Expos are very interesting and you have to count a lot of time to explore everything!
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  • The Museum presents in the first place the invention of the post Office of the years 1760 until today the stamp posted in 1849 the technical revolutions the improvement of the manufacture of stamps the evolution of the mailbox of historical rooms including a for the Marquise de Sevigne who wrote 700 letters to her family and daughter the Museum retains many strange stamps and presents the 4000 French stamps EMIS since 1849 farm unfortunately for renovation. But its reopening there to discover so many other idyllic ideological places are unfortunately closed as
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  • Attention! Information about the hours of the museum is not true, as it is CLOSED FOR REPAIR!
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