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Arts & Museums
The Curie Laboratory, nowadays a museum, was built from 1911 to 1914, after Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium in 1898 (Nobel Prize in 1903). For 20 years, Marie Curie did her research here with her daughter and son-in-law, Irène and Frédéric, who received a Nobel Prize in 1935 for the discovery of artificial radioactivity. The Curie Museum tells the story of radioactivity and its diverse applications, including medical, among others. Check out a replica of Marie’s laboratory, which was rebuilt after being decontaminated. The family received five Nobel prizes which are on display at the museum entrance.
Be it scientific, cultural or educational, National Museum of Natural History has something for everyone! Located in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens, it has dinosaur and whale skeletons, a stuffed rhinoceros dated from Louis XVI's reign, minerals and giant crystals, numerous insects, and everything you could ever want to know about the history of the botanical world. The centerpiece, the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, is a source of vital information about the evolution of different species, the relationship between man and nature and problems related to over-population and pollution. The Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology are also very informative.
The Grande Galerie de L'Evolution, part of the Museum of Natural History, tells the fascinating story of evolution through animal exhibits. This enormous space has huge life-size exhibits of various animals and their metamorphosis through evolution. The exhibition is divided into three main sections which cover topics from the variety of species of animals to how they've changed over time due to natural and human activity. Guided tours of the exhibition are available, although only in French. This is a fantastic place to learn about animal life and evolution.
Located in the Grande Galerie de L'Evolution, in Le Jardin des Plantes, La Galerie des Enfants is a specially designed exhibition area for children ages six to 12. Attracting families from all around, the gallery is so popular that it works on a timed schedule, visitors are admitted in shifts, allowing an hour and a half of discovery time. This highly interactive museum features hands-on experiments and educational activities perfect for parents and kids to explore together. Be sure to visit the website for times and ticket information.
Located in the police headquarters of 5th arrondissement, the Préfecture de Police museum, created in 1909 by Préfet Louis Lépine, tells the story of Parisian police from 17th Century to today, using 2000 objects, sometimes unique pieces. Despite the 1871 fire during the Parisian Commune that destroyed the Préfecture, numerous objects were gathered for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, and then completed by lots of donations and accessions. This large place is divided in chronological and thematic spaces, all the events that Parisian police encountered are explained thanks to posters, manuscripts, prints, castings… and incriminating evidence.
East meets West at this eye-catching multipurpose cultural center. Retracing the history of Arabs, this museum contains ancient manuscripts, exquisitely-made silk carpets, pottery and a wide range of utensils, as well as scientific and astronomical instruments dating from between 750 and 1258 CE. Temporary exhibitions, organized on a regular basis on the ground floor, are a showcase for contemporary paintings and sculptures that reflect the latest artistic movements currently in vogue in the Arab world. Information is provided in pamphlets and interactive videos. During the winter, the museum erects a temporary bazaar selling Arab goods and offering a pleasant area in which to sip mint tea and sample Moroccan pastries.
Since 1934, the Musée de l'Assistance Publique has been housed in the Hôtel Miramion, which was built in the 17th Century by François Mansard. This museum retraces the history of Parisian hospitals from the Middle Ages to the present. The history is depicted through many paintings, manuscripts and surgical instruments. A pharmacy has also been reproduced. This is truly an interesting trip through the years of medical history, which will make you appreciate some aspects of our life today.
The Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages is located near the famous Sorbonne University and is one of the best examples of 15th-century architecture. The museum showcases armor, chests, ivories, mirrors and hangings which were gathered by Alexandre du Sommerard to portray the Medieval ages and the Renaissance. There is a whole room depicting the most amazing pieces of art from the 16th Century, such as Dutch tapestries full of flowers and birds, a woman spinning while a cat plays with the end of the thread and a pretty woman in her bath, overflowing into a duck pond. But the best exhibit is that of 'The Lady with the Unicorn' tapestry, which features six inscrutable scenes of a beautiful woman flanked by a lion and a unicorn.
This gallery is located in the famed Manufacture des Gobelins, which is a tapestry manufacturing factory, the history of which can be traced back to the 17th century. Beautiful paintings painstakingly created using the art of tapestry can be found on display here. This gallery is used as an exhibition space for various contemporary exhibitions and shows.
Get your exercise and art fix all at once! Look at beautiful sculptures by artists like Brancusi, Gioli and César at Quai Saint-Bernard. The park was erected in 1980 and is a perfect outdoor outing for culture-hungry flâneurs.
Located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Adam Mickiewicz Museum is a generous museum devoted to the works of the renowned poet Adam Mickiewicz. The museum displays private souvenirs, manuscripts, documents and correspondence as a politician. Guided visits can be availed by prior appointment.
Part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy is located at Jardin des Plantes. The gallery building takes up two floors; the Paleontology section displays both vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, and the Comparitive Anatomy section has at least 1000 skeletons for you to observe! This gallery was established in 1898 due to the efforts of professors Albert Gaudry and Georges Pouchet.