Museum of Arts and Crafts

Musée des Arts et Métiers

60, rue Réaumur , Paris, 75003
Admission: EUR 6.50
Late Opening

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 2130
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 1st May and 25th December.
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Tube : Arts et Métiers (3), Réaumur-Sébastopol (3, 4)

The Musée des Arts et Métiers is a museum in Paris that houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (National Conservatory of Arts and Industry), which was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.

Since its foundation, the museum has been housed in the deserted priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, in the rue Réaumur in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. Today the museum, which underwent major renovation in 1990, includes an additional building adjacent to the abbey, with larger objects remaining in the abbey itself.

The museum has over 80,000 objects and 15,000 drawings in its collection, of which about 2,500 are on display in Paris. The rest of the collection is preserved in a storehouse in Saint-Denis. Among its collection is an original version of the Foucault pendulum, the original model of the Statue of Liberty by Auguste Bartholdi, some of the first planes (Clément Ader's Avion III, Louis Blériot's Blériot XI...), Blaise Pascal's Pascaline (the first mechanical calculator).

The museum presents seven different collections : Scientific Instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication, Transportation. In the former church of St-Martin-des-Champs Priory are displayed cars, planes, the Foucault Pendulum and some other monumental objects.

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Past exhibitions at Museum of Arts and Crafts - now closed:
E=mc215 Dialogue between sciences and street art 27th Jan 2015 - 19th Apr 2015
Mécanhumanimal, Enki Bilal at Musée des arts et métiers 4th Jun 2013 - 5th Jan 2014
TV Culture. Saga from French television 3rd Jun 2014 - 8th Mar 2015
Verallia, glass in all its states 21st Oct 2014 - 29th Mar 2015