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Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits)
Ranked #497 of 1,108 things to do in Paris
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Trondheim, Norway
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is a quiet museum out of the usual tourist’s way. I was a bit baffled when I started the tour as there seemed only to be a temporary exhibition about some serial killer I’d never heard of. The person selling me the ticket might have told us that all the interesting stuff I’d read about on their website was downstairs… They have a lot of letters and notes from famous people, some of them quite interesting; papers signed by the old French kings, letters from authors and painters, some books, musical compositions, a note written by Albert Einstein, and fascinating papers from the French revolution. Be aware that there is no information in English, it’s all in French.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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503 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Superb and unique little museum”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

After many Paris trips we stumbled upon this one, and what a superb museum it is!

It contains letters and other original documents by many historically famous persons as well as a section on WW2 and temporary exhibitions. The main emphasis is on French writers, philosophers, scientists and assorted heroes, but other countries are represented as well. There are manuscripts by Charles Dickens, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Ernest Hemingway, Beethoven and many other notables. You will have heard of almost all of the authors and composers covered.

The descriptive comment is in French only, but I think you can get an audio in English. Our French was just about good enough (with a French dictionary app. on our I phones) so we don't know how good it is.

It is quite small but very well organised and a great experience.

Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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Trenton, New Jersey
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Unusual and suprising”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

One would not necessarily expect a museum by this name to be interesting to a wide audience, but one would be surprised. The museum is very impressive with a staggering permanent collection as well as interesting temporary exhibits. The shop upstairs is full of interesting and unique gifts, books, and printed ephemera.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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127 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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
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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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