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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Often overlooked by tourists, the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Industry) is worth a visit if you are interested in scientific instruments and inventions. It was founded in 1794 and is located in the church and monastery of Saint-Martin-des-Champs. Not interested in science and industry? The building itself is worth the visit. See for yourself.
The museum houses the original Blériot XI - the first airplane to cross the English Channel in 1909. We visited the spot where Blériot landed near Dover last January.

The museum also houses the original pendulum of FoucauldIt's a stunning presentation of past treasures.
If you'd like to see more you, can check out the website or take a virtual visit.

1 comment:

  1. "English Channel" ou "Manche Française" aussi vrai l'un que l'autre.
    Sauf que le premier avion à l'avoir franchi est un Blériot. Et toc !