Visit the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris’ museum of technological innovation, for free on Thursday nights and on the first Sunday of the month.
The Musée des Arts et Métiers
Founded in 1794, the Musée des Arts et Métiers is a museum of technological innovation in Paris. It’s a great option for those curious about the history of science and technology. The museum is housed in what is considered to be one of the treasures of medieval architecture in Paris: a former monastery known as the Priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs. The contents of the museum are organized around seven main themes: Communication, Construction, Energy, Materials, Mechanics, Scientific Instruments and Transportation. It displays more than 2,500 objects at a time.
The museum’s collection includes large objects ranging from planes and cars to the original model of the Statue of Liberty. Here you’ll find fewer crowds than at many of the well known museums in Paris. And best of all, you can visit the museum for free! While the museum’s permanent collection usually costs €8 to visit (€6 for temporary exhibitions), visits are free on Thursday night’s from 6:00- 9:30 p.m. The museum is also free the first Sunday of every month.
To access the museum, get off at the Arts et Métiers metro stop, which matches the industrial design theme of the museum.