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Musee des Arts et Metiers

#52 of 1,089 things to do in Paris
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Neighbourhood: Notre Dame / Marais
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Address: 60 rue Reaumur, 75003 Paris, France
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Superb inspiration for engineers

Avoid the queues of the Pompidou and come here instead for all manner of industrial design pieces which impress upon you the role of engineers in society through displays targeted... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the museum with my sons aged 6 and 8. The exhibits are interesting, but could be much more inviting by creating hands-on experiences. On how to build a bridge, or design a rocket, for example

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Avoid the queues of the Pompidou and come here instead for all manner of industrial design pieces which impress upon you the role of engineers in society through displays targeted at every age and background

Thank Thomas S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This turned out to be one of my favourite places in Paris. It enshrines inventions, from the grand to the everyday. An old chapel on the ground floor houses Foucault’s Pendulum, biplanes, and early twentieth-century cars; further up, there are model bridges, old computers and cameras, automaton toys, porcelain vessels, an experimental car, a nineteenth-century solar oven, and much more.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this gem only 45 minutes before their closing time. Given the short time I had available the key exhibit to see was the Foucault's pendulum which is housed in a re-purposed church. I can read in French but many of the objects had basic English explanations to allow you to get an idea of what is happening. I... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 598 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A central union of arts and decorations, over 140000 pieces to see about the middle age till nowadays; all objects of technics, machines and carriages; Very interesting museum to visit for young and old.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Simply one of the best science museums I've ever been to. Interesting display, a wonderful collection of old cars, scientific instruments and so on. Must see!

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New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

A break from art museums and monuments, this museum celebrates the history of science and technology that is both fascinating and engaging. From the earliest versions of timepieces to computers to airplanes, every conceivable object of industrial design is on display. The demonstration of Foucault's Pendulum was a highlight of our visit. Best of all, the galleries were not so... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We visited at opening time on a cold January morning and were pretty much the only people there until a few small school groups arrived. On display in a well organised one way system are scientific and industrial artefacts, with plenty of English descriptions. For those with a technical interest this is a great place to visit and access to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Engineers and people that love them will have a great time (2 hours max) looking at objects ranging from ancient instruments of measurement to learning how glass/paper/porcelain was manufactured to Cray computers, typewriters and more modern devices.

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Hook Norton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Definitely not on the tourist routes. This was a very quiet museum but had many interesting objects. The attic space has been renovated and is a wonderful area. There are whole rooms of scientists re-created. Some of the show cases though are really old fashioned which is a bit incongruous with the very modern heating system that goes overhead in... More 

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