Musée Grévin

It’s become a tired cliché, but since I was a teenager I’ve been intrigued by the figure of the vampire. The trope has been overdone in film and television to the point where it seems impossible to make an original vampire tale (though Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 film Only Lovers Left Alive is a brilliant exception). … More Musée Grévin

Espace Dalí Montmartre

When you first come upon the sleek Espace Dalí in a quiet corner of Montmartre, the setting and museum may look like a strange pair. The street is cobblestoned, ivy-covered and calm. The museum is modern and coloured in shades of red and gold. Dalí’s Parisian space seems to clash with its surroundings. Yet Montmartre and … More Espace Dalí Montmartre

Musée des Années Trente (Museum of the 1930s)

What makes a museum Parisian? The question might seem silly. But when you start to dig deeper into the similarities and differences of Paris museums, the definition becomes a bit murky. Certain iconic museums, like the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre or the Musée Rodin, feel as quintessentially Parisian as the Arc de Triomphe or espressos … More Musée des Années Trente (Museum of the 1930s)

Château de Malmaison

Sometimes museums don’t feel like museums. If a museum is set in an artist’s former workspace, like the Musées Zadkine or Delacroix, it can feel as though the artist has just stepped out and you are peering into their studio. If a museum is housed in a building with other centres, such as the Institut … More Château de Malmaison

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Note: while this post refers in particular to the ‘Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle’, the Jardin des Plantes and its many buildings house the Musée de la Minéralogie, the Cabinet d’Histoire du Jardin des Plantes, the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes zoo, the Galerie de la Paléontologie and the Galerie d’Evolution. All are connected and worth visiting. While … More Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Musée Picasso

I’ve been meaning to write about the Picasso museum for years now, but I couldn’t find the right way to do it. As the museum underwent a prolonged refurbishment, I spent many moments pondering the iconic artist, his connection to the city of Paris and what such a museum could mean to Parisians, visitors and … More Musée Picasso

Musée Maillol

When you’ve lived in Paris for a little while, when the city starts to feels less like a holiday destination and more like a second home, you develop connections with small and unexpected things. It might be a particular metro station with an understated deco style that makes you feel as though you’re being transported … More Musée Maillol