9 undiscovered experiences in Paris

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9 undiscovered experiences in Paris

Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower ... have you already seen all the classics in Paris? Then take a look at this list - 9 undiscovered places worth a visit!

The city of light offers enough cultural experiences to fill a lifetime - but the question is where to go when you have visited all the inevitable places? We have made a list of nine peculiar experiences that show you a new aspect of Paris and the history of the city.


Le Musée des Arts Forains - a surprising visit to an adventurous world

In a small tucked oasis in Paris, where the world's biggest wine market used to be held , there is a very different museum with an amazingly beautiful and almost adventurous collection of old "funfair objects" (big carousels, etc.) from among others la Belle Époque.
Maybe you saw the museum in Woody Allen's film "Midnight in Paris"? The aim is to create a magical world for the visitors – and they sure does.
The museum is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 11 and 16.30 and the tour lasts 1.5 hours. The entry is 16 euros and the visit must be booked in advance (easily done online).
Address: Pavillon de Bercy, 53, Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris - Metro: Cour Saint Émilion


Musée d'histoire de la Médecine - a curious retrospective of the history of medicine

In the middle of the Latin Quarter, within the walls of l'Université Paris Descartes, you will find the small and not so famous medical museum in a beautiful, old gallery with weird instruments from the history of medicine.
Here you can get an insight into how the French used to treat different diseases.
The museum is closed Thursday and Sunday - opening hours the other days are between 14 - 17.30. Entry: 3.5 euros.
Address: 12, rue de l'École de Médecine, 75006 Paris


Le manoir de Paris - the gruesome legends of the city comes to life

Have you heard of the witch «La Voisin» from the Marais district, known for her elixirs, poison and thousands of abortions? What about the "Man with the Iron Mask", who for 34 years was a prisoner in the Bastille prison? Or the beautiful "Princess Jabirowska" who, with help from her gang, killed 26 young men in an apartment on Rue Courtalon to sell their bodies and heads to research and medicine students? They are all known from the many horrific legends that have been told in Paris in the past centuries.
You can meet them and many others in Paris' own ghost house 'Le Manoir', which is open on weekends and on selected days. There are several different shows, including 'Légendes de Paris', each taking about 45 minutes. A ticket for two shows costs 27 euros.
Address: 18, rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris


Musée de Cluny - go back to the Middle Ages – and the Antiquity!

The Musée de Cluny, the National Museum of the Middle Ages, is located in the 5th arrondissement in a stunning building, which was founded in 1334 – said to be the best preserved medieval building in all of Paris. The museum has one of the world's largest collections from the Middle Ages, which contains among others the magnificent tapestries "The Lady and the Unicorn".
The museum also has an even older secret: "Les Thermes de Cluny" - the Roman baths, which is the most valuable remains from ancient times in Paris.
Open all days except Tuesday. Access to the permanent exhibition: 8 euros
Address: 6, place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris


Les Caves du Louvre - wine tasting in the king's wine cellar

A wine cellar designed by Louis XV's sommelier in the 18th century. Here you will get a 45 minute guided tour (with an app you will get at the entrance - there is free wifi) which gives you an insight into the World of Wine - and afterwards you have the possibility to taste the wine.
Admission + 1 glass of wine costs 15 euros / admission + three glasses of wine 19 euros.
Address: 52, Rue de l'Abre Sec, 75001 Paris.


Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis - The final resting place of the Kings & Queens

A cathedral beyond the usual. 43 kings and 32 queens are buried in over 70 beautifully ornamented burial places – this is the world's largest collection of tomb sculptures from the 12th-16th century.
The church is open almost every day - admission: 9 euros
Address: 1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis

Musée de la Magie - a visit to the magic world

Have you ever wondered how you do magic? In this museum, you can explore the magic world and history through a large collection of "magic objects" and a magic show.
The museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday + some holidays from 14.00 to 19.00. Entrance fee: 10 euros.
Address: 11 rue Saint-Paul, 75004


Musée Nissim de Camondo - Visit a magnificent home from La Belle Époque

One of the most well-preserved homes of la Belle Époque (early 1900s). The home belonged to Moïse de Camondo, a Parisian banker who was passionate about collecting French art and furniture - the home is modelled after Petit Trianon at Versailles.
The family has a tragic story; Moise de Camondo was born into a rich, Jewish banking family in Istanbul, who had established their branches in France in 1869. The plan was that Nissim's son should inherit the house, but he died during World War I, so instead it was left to "Les Arts Décoratif ". Moise himself died in 1935, and during World War II, the family was completely extinct when his daughter and grandchildren died in a concentration camp.
Access to the museum: 9 euros or 13 euros including admission to the Musée des Arts Décoratif
Address: 63, rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris


Musée du chocolat – visit the chocolate heaven!

In Paris, you will find some of the world's best chocolatiers - you will also find a whole museum dedicated to chocolate.
Here you can learn all about the history of chocolate, taste the chocolates from some of the best plantations in the world, follow along when the savvy chocolatiers make chocolate live and tell all the secrets, participate in workshops either for adults, children or families and see impressive chocolate sculptures.
The museum is open every day from 10 to 18 - a visit takes about 1.5 hours and costs 11 euros.
Address: 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris

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