Visit the best museums in Paris to learn about the city’s rich culture and history
Paris is full of fantastic museums to discover and learn more about the city. From weird and wonderful science, to brands and advertising, art and waxworks, there really is something for everyone. Discover parts of Paris you never knew you could, like an underground tour of the sewers, or treat yourself to something sweet with the history of chocolate making.
One of the most popular museums in Paris is the Grevin Wax Museum. It’s the Madame Tussauds of Paris – but better – and you can see some of your favourite Hollywood actors and popstars from George Clooney to Celine Dion, among 300 others. See the Hall of Mirrors, in the optical lights, and learn about the painstaking process the waxwork team go through to make just one model. It’s one of the best places for a selfie, too!
The Paris Story is a great way to get the family involved with the history of Paris through 3D experiences, interactive exhibitions and panoramic screens, bringing to life the fascinating history of this wonderful city. See videos of the River Seine, Monuments of Paris and Paris by Night to discover the authentic ‘Paris story’.
One of the most unusual Paris museums is the Museum of the Sewers of Paris which takes you on a tour under the streets, through the maze of tunnels that make up this historic – and famous! – sewage system. Did you know there are over 2,100kms of tunnels underground? Find out more weird and wonderful facts at the Musée des Égouts de Paris!
There are many other great museums in Paris; such as the Museum of Advertising which was the world’s first museum dedicated to the world of advertising. It explores some of the finest examples of film, print, television and radio advertising and will have any creative buzzing with inspiration. Similarly, the Museum of Arts and Invention is a great one to take curious kids to, to get them learning about the power of invention and the history of scientific instruments. Some of the amazing exhibits on show include airplanes, vintage cars, Pascal’s calculator and Foucault’s pendulum.
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The Musée Grévin may astound the visitor with its dramatic lifelike scenes of historical and modern Paris. Normally €23.50
Learn about the history of Paris through panoramic screens at The Paris Story Museum with a new film about the history of Paris! Normally €9.50
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe. This impressive glass and steel building was designed by Peter Rice and opened in 1986. Normally €12.00
Set within the stunning Grand Palais, the Palais de la Decouverte is one of Paris' most esteemed science museums. Normally €9.00
The Château de Chantilly and Conde Museum stand in the centre of a vast estate covering 7,800 hectares; the château and estate have been built up by the owners of Chantilly since the Middle Ages. Normally €17.00
The museum takes a fresh look at history by showing the part played by immigrants in the economic, social, and cultural development of France. Normally €6.00
The museum of French monuments and architecture houses three galleries, offering an overview of architecture and heritage from the Middle Ages to the present day. Normally €8.00
The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed across two exceptional Parisian monuments: the Gallo-roman thermes, dating from the 2nd century, and the 15th century Cluny Abbey hotel. Normally €8.00
Choco-Story, the gourmet chocolate museum, covers 4,000 years of the history of cocoa and chocolate in words, pictures and flavours. The museum immerses you in the amazing world of chocolate and leads you through a fascinating voyage through time. Normally €11.00
The Museum of Air and Space is located in the south-eastern edge of the Le Bourget Airport, 10 km north of Paris. Normally €9.00
The Musée des Arts et Métiers houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, which was founded in 1794 as a depository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions. Normally €8.00
The Cinémathèque Française is very serious about carrying out its agenda, which is to preserve and enrich film heritage documents and to ensure the broadcast and appreciation of French film by all. Normally €7.00
The Museum of Jewish Art and History is situated in one of the finest private mansions in Paris, the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. Here, discover the development of Jewish communities throughout France, Europe and North America through their art, history and cultural heritage and traditions. Normally €6.80
Five hundred works explore the history of the Arab civilisation and illustrate a number of sophisticated techniques: bronzes, ceramics, panelling, textiles, scientific objects, illuminations, etc. Normally €8.00
The Museum of Music, housed within the Cité de la Musique in the heart of the Parc de la Villette. Normally €7.00
Dedicated to the African, Asian, Oceania and American arts and civilisations, this museum opened to the public in June 2006. Normally €9.00
The Sewers of Paris Museum is a fascinating, and unusual museum which explores the famous sewer system of Paris. Normally €4.40
The Musée National de la Marine is a wonderful museum dedicated to the long and illustrious history of the French Navy. Normally €8.50
A delightful museum housed in the stunning Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Musée d'Archéologie Nationale is the French national archaeology museum. Normally €7.00
Sèvres ceramics are the most famous and illustrious makers of ceramics in France and considered by many to be the finest in the world. Normally €6.00