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unusual museums in paris

Whether you’re looking for something a little off the well walked tourist trail or you’re not much of a ‘museum person‘ then fear not, because I’ve put together a list of some of the most unusual museums in Paris.

Counterfeit Museum (Musée de la Contrefaçon)

16 Rue de la Faisanderie, 75116

In a city known for luxury and high end goods, it can’t be at all surprising that there is a large demand for high quality fake goods. The counterfeit museum was created in 1951 by a group of manufacturers. As buying counterfeit goods is actually illegal- even for a counterfeit museum-, the museum relies on donations only.

Objects in the museum collection range from counterfeited Rodin bronzes to car parts to dictionaries.

Price: €6/ €5

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday 14:00- 17:30

Nearest Metro: Porte Dauphine

Paris Sewer Museum (Musée des Égouts de Paris)

Pont de l’Alma, 75007

Paris’ sewers are unique in the World. There have been sewers in Paris since the early 1300s, making them some of the oldest and most unique in the World. In popular fiction, the Parisian sewer system has been mentioned multiple times in Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Les Miserables’. You can read more about it here.

Nearest Metro: Alma/ Marceau Line 9

Opening times: May- September 11:00 -18:00 / October- March 11:00 – 17:00

Visit time: 1-2 hours

Price: Adult €4.40 / Concessions €3.60

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Museum of Romantics (Musée de la Vie Romantique)

16 Rue Chaptal, 75009

If Paris really is the land of love, then what better place to find a museum named ‘The Romantics museum‘?! There are two artist’s ateliers and a number of works of art to see. The house museum really captures the spirit of Montmartre and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon…

Price: Permanent collections are free to visit.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 10:00- 18:00

Nearest Metro: Saint-Georges/ Pigalle/ Blanche

Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures (Musée des Vampires)

Okay, so although this museum isn’t technically in Paris, it’s still close enough that it’s made the list and besides, it can still be reached by metro! One of only a handful of museums in the World dedicated to vampires, it’s run by a ‘vampirologist’.

Opening hours: This is a private museum accessible by appointment only. 

Nearest Metro: Mairie des Lilas

Fairground Museum (Musée des Arts Forains)

53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012

This private museum has one of the world’s largest collections of fairground rides, attractions and other fairground themed art. As such, the museum is a treasure trove of vintage fairground rides and there’s even the opportunity to ride on some of them!

Opening hours: This is a private museum accessible by appointment only. More details can be found here.

Nearest Metro: Cour Saint-Émilion

59 Rue de Rivoli

59 Rue de Rivoli, 75001

This one isn’t necessarily a museum but actually an artist’s atelier in the very heart of the city. There are 20 permanent artists in residence as well as 10 artists who are on 3-6 month contracts.

Every weekend, there are concerts. This means that no two visits to 59 Rue de Rivoli will be the same. If this doesn’t convince you that the place is worth a visit, maybe the fact that up to 4000 people a week visit will.

You can read more about it here.

Price: Free but donations are welcome.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 11:00: 20:00

Nearest Metro: Chatelet

59 rue de rivoli

Museum of Magic (Musée de la Magie)

11 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004

Situated in the heart of le Marais, the museum of magic not only contains all objects magic related, but puts on regular shows. The private museum is housed in the cellars of the house that once belonged to Marquis de Sade- a French aristocrat and politician.

Price: €9 / €7

Opening hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 14:00- 19:00

Nearest Metro: Saint-Paul

Doll Museum (Le Musée de la Poupée)

7 Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris

There’s a museum in Paris dedicated to dolls. Opened in 1994, the private collection now boasts over 500 French dolls dating all the way back to the early 1800s. The museum also contains a number of doll related accessories and there’s a dedicated doll repair shop associated with the museum.

If you’re interested in dolls, there’s also an exhibition on Barbie in Paris at the Arts Decoratifs Museum. (It runs from the 10 March to the 18 September).

Price: €8/ €6/ €4

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 13:00- 18:00

Nearest Metro: Rabuteau

Museum of Eroticisim (Musée de l’Erotisme)

72 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018

Now this has to be one of the most unusual museums in Paris! Located in the Pigalle Quarter of Paris, this museum is dedicated to the erotic art collection of antique dealer Alain Plumey and teacher Jo Khalifa.

Opening hours: Monday- Sunday, 10:00- 02:00

Nearest Metro: Pigalle

Victor Hugo’s House (Maison Victor Hugo)

6 Place des Vosges, 75004

Situated in the exclusive Place des Vosges in the very heart of le Marais, Victor Hugo lived at No. 6. The Les Miserables author lived here between 1832-1849 before his exile to Jersey and Guernsey in 1851 (due to his staunch support for Napoleon I). Hugo’s ashes are now interred in the Pantheon. You can read more about visiting Le Marais here.

Price: The permanent collections are free

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 10:00- 18:00

Nearest Metro: Saint-Paul

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All times and prices were correct on the date of publication.

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    Kelsey (Her Daily Glow)
    15th July 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Your blog is magical! I’m a new bloglovin follower 🙂

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    14th July 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I’d like to do the vampire museum:) I did the erotica museum last time:)
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    the adventurer
    14th July 2016 at 3:52 am

    Great list of museums! Two of my favorite museums in Paris are the chocolate and wine museum =o)
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