One of the world's finest collections of vintage aircraft and automobiles

The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a science museum. It houses not only an exceptional collection of aircraft and old cars, but also Pascal's calculating machine and the very famous Foucault pendulum. The Museum of Arts and Crafts has a real educational dimension and proposes very interesting activities for children and teenagers.

Foucault's pendulum at the Musée des Arts et Métiers

Visit of the Museum of Arts and Crafts

  • The Museum of Arts and Crafts is considered as one of the oldest technical and industrial museums in the world
  • The museum is organized into 7 sections: scientific instruments, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics and transport
  • To see in particular:
    • one of the world's finest collections of vintage aircraft and automobiles
    •  unforgettable demonstrations like that of the rotation of the Earth (Foucault pendulum)
    • Pascal's calculating machine
    • the laboratory of Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier
    • the clock collection of Louis Ferdinand Berthoud
    • the weaving looms of Jacques Vaucanson
    • the Chappe telegraph
    • the aircraft No. 3 Clement Ader.


Activities for young audiences

The museum offers activities for children and adolescents (from 4 to 14 years old). They allow to discover in a fun way the museum.

Course with audioguides for 7-12 years old

  • Audioguides are rented at the museum reception (5 €)
  • The course lasts approximately 1h30

Individual workshops (for ages 4 - 14)

  • Workshops allow you to learn about solving technical problems in a workshop, while discovering the museum's collections
  • 1 workshop for 4-6 years and 1 workshop for 7-14 year olds
  • Programming changes every quarter

Birthday workshops (for ages 7 to 12)

  • The museum offers workshops really nice birthdays with kids
  • Treasure hunt, manipulations, visit of the museum ...
  • Attention, these workshops are very successful. Book in advance
The collection of old planes of the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris

Practical information

View schedule details
  • Tuesday to Wednesday: 10h - 18h
  • Friday to Sunday: 10h - 18h
  • Nocturnal on Friday night, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, May 1st and December 25th

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