They all come for Her, and it’s true, she serves them well. Arms crossed, a little smile in a small corner under the glass pyramid, the Mona Lisa patiently waits for 6 million curious people to parade before her, without a flinch under the flashing lights.
Nevertheless, Paris conceals many other marvels in its innumerable museums; one of absinthe for example, or hunting, or even one dedicated to Edith Piaf ... Follow us on the road less traveled.
The arts rather than art
Return to the tenderness of your childhood; they spin, they are brightly colored and fill you with cries of joy: the carousels. In the 12th arrondissement, the Musée des Arts Forains holds old wooden rides, fairground boutiques, and even games from the 19th century, ensuring you a dazzling visit (reservation required: 01 43 40 16 15).
Still, in the noisy domain, the Musée du Phonographe in Pigalle collects dozens of models accumulated by a passionate during ¼ of the century. The interior resembles a large garden populated by huge flowers with large corollas. Find lightness at the Musée de l'Eventail, which contains delicate models of fans from 1805, made of mother-of-pearl, wood, bone, tortoiseshell, etc., and dating from the 18th to the 20th century. It’s a museum of delicacy and refinement.
Unlikely but true
As the only museum in the world devoted entirely to alcohol, the Absinthe Museum exhibits the process of making elixir, its advertisements, and even the damage it can cause. Fascinating, and should be visited without moderation. The magic continues in its own museum (Musée de la Magie), where one can find disciples of illusions and towers of all kinds. However, be careful before visiting; Are you sure you want to know how the woman attention however before visiting it; Are you sure you want to know how the woman split in 2 survives?! No.
On the other hand, yes, you’ll surely want to take a walk in the Marais where the brand new Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (of hunting and nature) puts you face to face with wolves and bears (stuffed and embalmed) while retracing the history of hunting, necessary for the survival of man since … forever.
La vie en rose
Aah, la France. Edith Piaf, wine, delicate perfumes ... a cliche? No (well, maybe just a little), they are also museums. The Musée Edith Piaf recounts the life of the French artist and reveals (almost) all of her life; Letters, records, photos, clothes ... A unique atmosphere floats in this apartment that La Môme occupied when she was 18 years old.
A sweet atmosphere at the Musée du Parfum, which has been revamped, is full of exquisite vials by Jean-François Costa and anecdotes about Fragonard's delicious perfumes. Always in a liquid universe, and equally intoxicating, the Musée du Vin describes the history of viticulture and presents the best wines (necessary for the survival of man since forever too!?)
We’re visiting these museums if …
- You want to avoid groups of Chinese who snap photos every 32 seconds
- You prefer to be prepared with funny anecdotes during small talk
- You really do want to know everything about the woman sawn in 2
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