A museum dedicated to the technical and scientific police
Exciting for children and teenagers
Free for all 
the police museum, free in Paris
Credit LP/Maxime Coupeau
The Musée de la Police traces the history of the Parisian police force from the 17th century to the present day.. The 2000 pieces presented, some of which are unique, evoke the events in which the police took part, memories of the history of Paris but also of France. This museum is one of the few free Parisian museums for all.

WE LOVE :  understand the police from yesterday to today...
AGE : with pre-teens and teens
LOCATION: in the 5th arrondissement
OPEN: Monday to Friday + 3rd Saturday of each month
FREE: for everyone

A brand new area dedicated to technical and scientific police work

The Police Museum was completely refurbished in 2020. It presents as a new, exciting area dedicated to technical and scientific police work past and present. 4 zones explain in a playful and educational way the adventure of forensic science :

  • Alphonse Bertillon, inventor of forensics
  • Identification before bertillonnage
  • The revolution in forensic science with DNA, fingerprints and other evidence.
  • New techniques such as odorology...

original, the visit of the Police Museum

It's also known as "The Museum of Crime."

  • Regicides, blood crimes, poison killings, trickery and swindling...
  • The cases followed by the Parisian police services over the centuries are displayed in the windows of the shop windows. of this atypical museum
  • The Police Museum traces the history of the greatest criminals... or serial murderers such as Henri-Désiré Landru or Doctor Petiot, who have left their mark on people's minds and on major criminal cases such as the story of Violette Nozières, which was picked up by the press.
  • On the occasion of the visit of the Police Museum, you will discover how mundane exhibits have helped solve big cases...
  • Weapons of crime, evidence, anecdotes... a museum full of crazy, dark, cruel and fascinating stories...

The great police officers who have made police history

  • The Police Museum also presents the great men who have served the police for several centuries.
  • Lieutenant General of Police Nicolas La Reynie who put an end to the Poison Affair, Eugène-François Vidocq the former head of Napoleon's security brigade or Célestin Hennion the creator of the Tiger Brigades.


  • The Museum of the Prefecture of Police was inaugurated in 1909, 9 years after the Universal Exhibition. It was the prefect Louis Lépine who wanted it to be created.
  • A few key dates: in-depth reorganisation of Parisian police force in 1789, creation of the position of prefect in 1800, creation of the corps of city sergeants in 1829, appointment of Louis Lépine in 1893, creation of the Directorate of the Judicial Police and that of the General Intelligence and Games in 1913...
  • This museum has enriched its collection with numerous acquisitions and donations.


  • "Who benefits from crime?" birthday parties!
  • These birthdays can be organised from Monday to Friday and on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
  • They are aimed at children aged 8 to 14 years old.
  • Duration 1h30
  • For up to 15 children
  • More info on this anniversary package 

Practical information

View schedule details Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Open on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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