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Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits)
Ranked #506 of 1,132 things to do in Paris
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

The Museum of Letters and Manuscripts is a hidden treasure It would not be on the list of most visitors to Paris but if you are interested in people who have changed our world it is an absolute must.The audio available to hire for the princely sum of 1 Euro is good but unless you can read French or Italian all you can do is look lat these priceless letters and manuscripts from people such as Charles Darwin Einstein Victor Hugo Chopin Haydn Napoleon Marie Curie Verdi Wagner and so many more.Well worth the time I found it wonderful.Easy to find at 222 Boulevard Saint Germain close to the Seine

Visited May 2013
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London, UK
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very interesting, if a little small for ?7 each”
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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Brooklyn, New York
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A nice foray from the summer heat”
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.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank sarahfru
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Worth writing home about...”
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.

Visited July 2012
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unique collection, unexpected find.”
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.

Visited July 2012
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