Unusual museums in Paris

Selection of cultural sites with original themes.

Manège de chevaux de bois, Musée des Arts Forains, Paris © DR

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. Another museum in a 19th-century townhouse, the Nouveau Musée du Parfum Fragonard, gives visitors an unforgettable insight into perfume and the history of traditional perfume making at the Fragonard factory.

Catacombes de Paris Adhérent

Museum
1 avenue du colonel Rol-Tanguy, Paris, 75014
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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 Adhérent

Museum
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 Adhérent

Museum
10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009
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Like to have a one-to-one with Louis XIV, Mozart or Jean Reno? Are you a Ronaldo fan? Have you fallen for Ryan Gosling or are......

Le Grand Musée du Parfum

Museum
73 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75
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Immerse yourself in the world of perfume through a sensory, educational and artistic tour. Nestled in an 18th century private......

Choco-Story Paris - Le musée du chocolat Adhérent

Museum
28 boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris, 75010

You think you know everything about chocolate? Come and enjoy new chocolatey experiences! Discover the history of......

La Maison des Métallos Adhérent

Museum
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 Adhérent

Museum
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......

Monnaie de Paris Adhérent

Museum
11 quai de Conti, Paris, 75006

The Monnaie de Paris is changing. In April 2011, to make their heritage accessible to a wider audience, the Monnaie de Paris......

Musée du Parfum - Fragonard Adhérent

Museum
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......

Pavillons de Bercy - Musée des Arts Forains Adhérent

Museum
53 avenue des Terroirs de France, Paris, 75012

The Pavillons de Bercy house 4 different areas: The Musée des Arts Forains The Théâtre du Merveilleux The Salons Vénitiens......

Art Ludique - Le Musée

Museum
34 quai d'Austerlitz - Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris, 75013

Located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, the Art Ludique Museum is the first place in the world dedicated to the art......

Cinémathèque française

Museum
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......

L’Adresse - Musée de La Poste

Museum
34 boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris, 75015

L’Adresse Musée de La Poste has been situated in the heart of the Montparnasse district since 1973. It focuses on written......

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Museum
Hôtel de Mongelas - 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

Museum
1-3 rue Émile Leclerc, Melun, 77,000

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

Museum
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

Museum
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

Museum
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

Museum
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 du Vin Paris

Museum
5 square Charles Dickens - Rue des Eaux, Paris, 75016

The Musée du Vin is located near to the Eiffel Tower in central Paris. The cellars, formerly used by a religious order Les Frères......

Musée Edith Piaf

Museum
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

Museum
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......