Unusual museums in Paris

Selection of cultural sites with original themes.

Musée de la chasse et de la nature - Salle du cerf et du loup © Sophie Lloyd - musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

The Louvre and the Pompidou Centre are far from being the only museums in Paris. The city has many lesser known, often private, museums that are well worth going out of your way to visit.

Another quirky place to visit is the Musée des Egouts comprising the largest network of sewers in the world, showing what Paris looks like below ground. The other major underground attraction, the Paris Catacombs dating from Roman times, is a labyrinthine network housing the remains of more than six million Parisians transferred here from the city’s cemeteries. The Catacombs draw a constant stream of visitors, though only 200 people are allowed inside at a time.

There is a completely different atmosphere at the Musée des Arts Forains, where visitors can relive the experience of a 19th-century funfair and learn how to restore an ancient merry-go-round. Natural history fans are invited to explore the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature with its unique collection of paintings and stuffed animals from all over the world.

Finally, Paris pays tribute to the age old art of perfume making. The Musée du Parfum Fragonard recreates the atmosphere of a 19th-century perfume factory for visitors

Catacombes de Paris

1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, 75014

This Parisian ossuary, covering 11,000 m² of underground space is called the Catacombes in reference to the Catacombs of Rome.......

Les Caves du Louvre

52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, Paris, 75001

Located in the heart of Paris, Les Caves du Louvre is a unique venue, opened recently to the public thanks to an enthusiastic......

Grévin Paris

10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009

Meet over 200 celebrities in a breathtaking setting! Ever wanted to come face to face with Louis XIV of France, Mozart or Jean......

Musée du Parfum - Fragonard

3-5 square de l'Opéra - Louis Jouvet, Paris, 75009

Nestled in the heart of Paris, close to the Opéra Garnier, this historic location is full of the spirit and character that......

Musée de la Monnaie de Paris

2 rue Guénégaud, Paris, 75006

Founded in 846 AD, the Monnaie de Paris has had its artists' workshops installed in the centre of Paris at 11 quai de Conti since......

Studio Harcourt Paris

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
6 rue de Lota, Paris, 75116

Nestled in the heart of the 16th district, Studio Harcourt opens its doors to its legendary House for exceptional moments.......

Atelier des Lumières

38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 75011

Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, the Atelier des Lumières holds......

La Maison des métallos

94 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris, 75011

Originally a musical instrument factory, then the offices of the union of metalworkers (Fédération métallurgiste de la CGT), La......

Le Musée du Fumeur

7 rue Pache, Paris, 75011

The Musée du Fumeur was founded in 2001 by Michka Seeliger and Tigrane Hadengue. It brings together plants, works of art and......

Cinémathèque française

51 rue de Bercy, Paris, 75012

Enjoy the fabulous and exciting history of this rare and unique collection, entirely devoted to cinema. This wonderful venue......

Musée de La Poste

34 boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 75015

The musée de La Poste, renovated in 2019 by the Jung Architecture studio, has been installed since 1973 in the heart of the......

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

62 rue des Archives, Paris, 75003

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is situated in the two mansions, the Hôtel particulier de Guénégaud (17th century) and the......

Musée de la Gendarmerie nationale

1-3 rue Émile Leclerc, Melun, 77000

The Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale, created in 1946, presents its collection to the general public. Thanks to close......

Musée de la Sculpture en plein air

Quai Saint Bernard - Square Tino Rossi, Paris, 75005

The open-air sculpture museum along the Quai Saint-Bernard between the Pont de Sully and the Pont d’Austerlitz provides a......

Musée de Minéralogie

MINES ParisTech - 60 boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris, 75006

Le musée de minéralogie offre au visiteur un ensemble (architecture, mobilier, peintures) préservé datant du milieu du XIXe......

Musée des égouts de Paris

Pont de l'Alma - Face au 93 quai d'Orsay, Paris, 75007

You can follow the history of the sewers, from the days of Lutèce to the present day, through a 500m underground path. A unique......

Musée des moulages de l'hôpital Saint-Louis

1 avenue de Vellefaux - Porte 14 - Secteur Gris, Paris, 75010

This collection of medical waxworks - some 5,000 casts - bears witness to a way of learning about medicine and makes an important......

Musée Edith Piaf

5 rue Crespin du Gast, Paris, 75011

Enter the museum and private apartment of Edith Piaf, and enter into the universe of the singer famous for 'La Vie en Rose' and......

Musée Pierre Cardin Passé-Présent-Futur

5 rue Saint-Merri, Paris, 75004

Le musée Pierre Cardin a déménagé de la ville de Saint-Ouen en novembre 2014 pour s'installer au cœur de la capitale, à deux pas......