Musee des Arts et Metiers, Paris

4.5
#1 of 10 in Childrens Museums in Paris
Founded in 1794 as a repository to preserve scientific instruments and inventions, Musee des Arts et Metiers 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. A visit to Musee des Arts et Metiers represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paris online visit planner to plot your vacation.
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  • You can cover the entire museum in less than 90 minutes and I highly encourage getting the audio guide.  more »
  • We probably wouldn't have visited but for the fact that we were staying close by. Thought we might spend an hour there, but three hours later we agreed we'd had our money's worth. It's a bit like the....  more »
  • Wonderful museum with some amazing historical equipment. It takes you on a technological journey through time, beautifully displayed. The technology we have today has all been made possible by the...  more »
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  • Worth a visit if you're curious about history of technology and how the modern tech came to be. From the Spinning Jenny to the first computers - the displays and models are rich and comprehensive. As opposed to some other Paris' museums, here you'll find explanations in English. Also, the building itself is quite impressive
  • Amazing museum, if you like sciences, technology or engineering, this is the place to go in Paris. Their collection of objects is huge and really interesting. I spent one full afternoon there and couldn't see everything, will go back to this place for sure !
  • The few hands-on items were not in great condition. Some halls had very creaky timber floors. English audio-guide for 5 EUR worked fine. I was hoping that there would be a greater quantity of hands-on mechanical items.
  • This place is *awesome*. If you're not already a huge engineering nerd you'll learn a ton about the history of how humanity learned about how the world works and began it's pursuit of science. If you are that kind of nerd... Hold on to your hat! From the very first prototype meter, liter and kilogram to a Cray-2 supercomputer, to lenses actually made by Fresnel... Early nautical clocks, engine cutaways and so much more! Just make sure to give yourself the whole day. You'll need it!
  • Extremely interesting museum, one of the best for mechanical technologies in the world. Comprehensive collection and a great special exhibition. Lacking some more explanations in English, but generally accessible. Highly recommended

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