Paris: musée Grévin!

This small museum doesn’t get much attention, but if you are into museum you should look into them. They are in great areas, easily accessible, and great history in each. In my times here, I have taken the time to walk, and see many museums, and I like to bring your attention to these gems that in my opinion should get more coverage. As in latest post, this is an article with no pictures just book black and white style. I guess is my new area of entertainment but I rather like the architecture and history stories of these marvels. Enjoy the Grévin wax museum and Paris!

The musée Grévin, or popularly the wax museum is at 10 blvd Montmartre, 9éme arrondissement reach by metro Grands Boulevards lines 8, and 9. It has been renovated and has about 300 wax figures inside,from Charles de Gaulle,Céline Dion, to Michael Jackson etc. The great Hall of mirrors created for the Universal Expo of 1900 is great, a display sequence of the history of France, and a great children’s corner. This museum is going on since 1882, its magical inside especially if with young adults.

The musée Grévin museum is a private wax museum property of Grévin & Cie, and inaugurated on June 5, 1882, a subsidiary of the Compagnie des Alpes since its privatisation and located in the 9éme arrondissement of Paris. The Grévin theater (performance hall) and the Palais des Mirages (attraction using the principle of optical illusion) are also part of the museum visit. The Hall of the Cupola and the Hall of the Columns have very beautiful decorations in the Baroque style dating from 1882.

A bit of history I like

Until the 17C, it was common after the death of a royal figure to exhibit a representation of his face in wax. From this century, this work developed and became a court art in its own right. Thus, the wax funeral mask of King Louis XIV of France by Antoine Benoist is famous. He even made the wax cabinet fashionable, by creating an exhibition presenting all of Queen Marie-Thérèse’s immediate entourage.

A century later, around 1770, the Bernois Curtius was invited to Paris by the Prince de Conti, who authorized him to present at the Palais-Royal the exhibition: “the royal family at the Grand Couvert at Versailles”. A young girl whom he considers being his niece and who is none other than Marie Tussaud helps him. During the French revolution, the latter molds the dead faces of Marat, Robespierre and the royal couple. After the death of her uncle and master, she moved in 1795 to London, where in 1835 she established the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum.

In 1881, Arthur Meyer, then director of the daily Le Gaulois, wanted his readers to be able to “put a face” on the personalities mentioned in his newspaper. At that time, photography had not yet become the norm in the press. Meyer then decides to reconnect with a principle that is more than a century old and turns to the sculptor, caricaturist and theater costume designer Alfred Grévin ; who had produced caricatures for his newspaper and asked him to create the sculptures of the personalities that make the news. On June 5, 1882, the Grévin museum opened its doors and success was immediate.

The public walks through the following themed rooms: The large marble staircase; The Palace of Mirages; Red carpet ; Grévin Theater; Magic Box; Literary café; Elysée gastronomy; History; Imaginary; Sportsmen; Music; The Voice; The dome ; Detroit; The Columns Room and the Boutique.

The official musée Grévinhttps://www.grevin-paris.com/

The Paris tourist office on the Grévin museumhttps://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71063/Grevin-Paris

So now you see my black and white version lol! This is like writing a book, and I am looking forward to that in my next life… Hope you enjoy the Grévin wax museum of Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Paris: musée Grévin!”

  1. I’ve always wondered if it could be called a museum, at least it attracts curiosity.

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