Some Photos from the Musée des Arts et Métiers

If you’ve read Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, then you have heard of the Musee des Arts et Metiers in Paris. The Museum of Arts et Metiers in Paris “was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.” It is housed in the buildings of the former Priory of Saint Martin des Champs. Some dramatic scenes take place in what had been the former church adjacent to the monastery. Here are some pictures I took there a few years ago.

I may have posted some of these before.


I hope that gives you a little feel of the building.

  1. It sure does and makes me want to go see it

    • fojap said:

      I probably should have mentioned that the actual building was built during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I’m assuming that in the wake of the Revolution when the power of the Catholic Church was overthrown it became a museum. So, there are two things there to see, the museum exhibits and the building itself.

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