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“Very interesting, if a little small for ?7 each”

Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits)
Ranked #528 of 1,228 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 26 December 2012 via mobile

If you have any interest in the origin of books and lettersetting, this museum has a small exhibit with original manuscripts and a video showing how all the processes worked -- everything from making parchment and paper, to typesetting, engraving and printing. Downstairs is a permanent exhibition with original writings from a variety of well-known people from the arts and sciences.

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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Great to stumble across this place, especially a couple of writers on vacation in Paris. Not sure how much a non-writer, non-musician would get out of this. There was a pretty crazy group of children there, although it was summer. They were rabid enough for us to cut the visit short. Wish we had more time to see all the music manuscripts. Also they dont take non-European credit cards for admissions.

1  Thank sarahfru
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

This small museum is one of Paris's hidden gems. Exquisitely set out, it contains some precious original manuscripts from the greats. In the middle of summer it was not at all busy. The current exhibition on Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" is one not to miss with the original "scroll " on view and in part annotated to show the differences to the first published version. The exhibition has been set up to promote the new movie - but even that is interesting. And there is a black and white tape of Kerouac talking on a French talk show in the late 60s - his first language was Joual in Canada. And not to mention the letter from one of the Titanic survivors that inspired at least in part the movie. All good stuff.

2  Thank Mareuil81
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

We stumbled upon this on an aimless wander through the city. We enjoy books, writing, printing presses, typewriters and that sort of thing. This museum just happened to have Jack Kerouac's famous scroll on display. It was an exciting find. They also have drawings by Edison, writing from Einstein, and sheet music by Beethoven, Listz, and others. French authors are represented in abundance here too.

During our visit, they had a couple of people doing dramatic readings of some of the works there. Sadly, we don't speak French didn't get the benefit of this, but we thought it was an unusual feature.

I'm not one to go and see top tourist attractions because I don't like crowds. So often, it is the smaller places like this that truly have the exceptional offererings. Find it and enjoy! You'll be glad you did.

3  Thank lcrandall30
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

lots and lots of people with lots and lots to say. i like the histories behind the letters, they each tell a story...

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