Le Musée du Fumeur

These days, I like to think I’ve integrated pretty well into Parisian culture. I don’t get mistaken for a tourist too often, I know the local vernacular and I can even navigate the metro without grief. (Sometimes I even know which carriage to get on to line up with the right exit at my stop!) … More Le Musée du Fumeur

La Monnaie de Paris

As the years have gone by, I’ve broadened my definition of ‘museum’ for this blog. At first, I only wrote posts on art galleries or other sites with the word ‘musée’ in their name. This hasn’t posed a problem when searching for material: it’s been almost seven years and I still haven’t run out of … More La Monnaie de Paris

Le Musée de l’Homme

Paris has a long, complex and often controversial history with its anthropological museums. I’ve written before about the history of the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, which is now a modern immigration museum, but was once the imperialist Musée des Colonies, home to the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale. I’ve also written about the network … More Le Musée de l’Homme

Le Musée des Automates et de la Magie

Having visited every other museum in the Marais, from the historical (Le Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, le Musée Carnavalet, le Memorial de la Shoah) to the artistic (le Musée Picasso, le Musée Cognacq-Jay, la Maison européenne de la photographie) and the scientific (le Musée des arts et métiers, le Musée de la chasse et … More Le Musée des Automates et de la Magie

Le Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration

In a city as ancient and historic as Paris, it can be no surprise that many of its museums have a dark past. From the Conciergerie to the Catacombes, macabre history haunts many cultural heritage sites- and in the case of the latter, is even the main attraction. But one museum with a checkered past … More Le Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration

Le Musée Bourdelle

With so many glorious districts to explore, Paris’ 15th arrondissement tends to get ignored. The city’s largest arrondissement, the 15th is largely residential, and admittedly very quiet. True, the Parc André Citroën isn’t Paris’ most exciting park, and its southernmost regions aren’t the most happening areas of the city. I’ve written before about how much … More Le Musée Bourdelle