Paris is well-known for its culture with the likes of The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and The Petit Palais all drawing in vast numbers of travelers each year. However, those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Paris’ museum.
Here are a few of the stranger cultural highlights you might want to take in when you next take a trip to Paris:
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a museum in the normal sense, but it is one of the most peculiar Paris tours you can go on, and the Catacombs are pretty old, so it deserves a place on this list. Not one for the faint-hearted, the catacombs are comprised of a series of underground tunnels absolutely brimming with bones. You’ll be chilled, thrilled and blown away by the dark beauty of the amazing attraction.
Le Musée des Vampires
Staying with the dark theme, Le Musée des vampires is the perfect place to visit in the month of October when all things spooky are on your mind, but if you’re into oddities, it definitely won’t suck (see what I did there?) whenever you visit. The only vampire museum in the world, it’s quirky, informative and packed with Gothic features that will make you truly wonder whether there are vampires running around this planet after all.
Musée de la Poupée
This is a tiny private attraction which is both museum and doll hospital. It is home to one of the finest collections of, mostly French, dolls you’re ever likely to see, along ith some interest accessories and even animal companions including some very cute teddybears, It’s great for little girls and boys, but even adults will love wandering round the museum where you can even learn how to make dolls clothing!
Musée des Egouts
The Musée des Egouts is not an easy museum to visit, not because of the location or the opening hours, but because it is really smelly. You see the museum is dedicated to the underground sewer system that was originally built during Napoleon’s time. Like the Catacombs it’s underground, and it’s actually pretty interesting seeing how the sewerage system came to be, but make sure you go when the weather is fine because if there’s a lot of rain, it can be closed for safety reasons.
Musée du Vin
The Musée du Vin is quite unique in that it is made up of lots of interconnecting stone passages and vaulted cellars that were used by French monks in the 1300s for the purpose of producing wine. Many of the tunnels connect to the famous Notre Dame, but today, you can spend your time there sampling the excellent Château Labastidie wine.
Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine
This museum is dedicated to the history of medicine, and within its walls, you will find some of the most interesting, and often disturbing tools of the medical trade, many of which date as far back as Ancient Egypt. From embalming tools to autopsy instruments – you’ll find it all here.
Have fun widening your cultural horizons and indulging in oddities – Paris is the perfect place for it.