Unusual shops

A brief look at some of these atypical, strange and surprising places in museum shops.

Reflecting the museum in which they are housed, this type of shop offers unusual and miscellaneous articles. A brief look at some of these atypical, strange and surprising places.

Musée de la Poste

Musée de La Poste - Façade du Musée, œuvre de Robert Juvin, Paris

At the Musée de la Poste, it is possible to rediscover the pleasures of letter writing, an era before the advent of the computer age! The shop of the Musée de la Poste Correspondances offers a fine choice of objects in all genres linked to the role and history of the Post Office: original postcards, objects and ideas for gifts.

Correspondances - Musée de la Poste
34 boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 15th

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Halle Saint-Pierre

Halle Saint-Pierre © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Below the Sacré-Cœur and on the butte Montmartre, the Halle Saint-Pierre is an exhibition area showing unusual and popular art brut. The bookshop of the Halle Saint-Pierre is as surprising as the museum. The fine venue built of iron and glass houses books on art and literature, often illustrated and covering all types of contemporary creation.

Librairie de la Halle Saint-Pierre
2 rue Ronsard, Paris 18th

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Hôtel de Sully

Hôtel de Sully, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

There is also the bookshop of the Hôtel de Sully, in a renaissance mansion. This exceptional establishment presents national heritage treasures and heritage publications.

Librairie de l’hôtel de Sully
62 rue Saint-Antoine, Paris 4th

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La Monnaie de Paris

Nuit Blanche, Hôtel de la Monnaie, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont - Henri Foucault

The shop of La Monnaie de Paris will delight fans of coins, medals and jewellery or even touristic tokens. With a huge selection to choose from and a broad price range, budding collectors and the most experienced ones will be happy.

Boutique La Monnaie de Paris
2 rue Guénégaud, Paris 6th

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Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

As for the bookshop of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, situated near to the City Hall, it offers atypical shopping opportunities with very specialized literary and artistic publications on the subjects of nature and hunting.

Librairie du musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
62 rue des Archives, Paris 3rd

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris © OTCP

For honing your technical and scientific knowledge, the shop of the Musée des Arts et Métiers offers very fine objects and books linked to the current exhibitions. Badges, fans, model aircraft, and of course literary works, magnificently illustrated, provide a close-up view of the fascinating world of technology.

Boutique du musée des Arts et Métiers
60 rue Réaumur, Paris 3rd

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Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

In the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, in the heart of the Marais district, the bookshop-shop of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du judaïsme offers an excellent selection of varied objects and books on religion, philosophy, history, ethnography, continually updated according to what’s on at the museum.

Librairie-boutique du musée d’Art et d’Histoire du judaïsme
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan
71 rue du Temple, Paris 3rd

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La Comédie-Française

Boutique de la Comédie Française, extérieur © OTCP - DR

The prestigious French theatre the Comédie-Française has its own shop cum bookshop which offers a host of objects on the theme of the theatre and its rich heritage. You can find original gift ideas – stationery, theatre publications, DVDs, decorative items, clothes for kids and adults, jewellery, accessories, games, etc. – inspired by the world of the Comédie-Française.

Boutique de la Comédie-Française
2 rue de Richelieu, Paris 1st

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