After days of visiting a city and its museums, we can sometimes get bored of looking at paintings even though they are beautiful, in which case, you may be looking for another kind of exhibition, one that would enable you to interact with what you see. Or you could want to find a way to discover Paris’s History and its main myths in a funny and entertaining way. In both cases, two places will enable you to find what you are looking for and spend a great and refreshing moment in Paris while learning more about it.
Manoir de Paris
What’s the common point between the Phantom of the Opera, vampires and Paris Metro ? They all are at the centre of terrifying myths, which take place in the capital and have frightened numerous people at the time. In this mansion, located in an old and stern building, you will be able to experience the fear of the victims by going on a journey through time and legends. Over thirty professional actors perform mythical characters and you will very likely be impressed by their performance and how real everything may seem at some point. A good asset is that you do not visit with other people that you don’t know which is an even better way to enjoy the very special atmosphere. Good news for those who don’t speak French, the show is also available in English, just ask for it before the beginning ! Keep in mind that here again, you may have to wait a while if you don’t buy your tickets in advance so just go on their website in the section “plan your visit” to save some time.
If the show about Paris’s myths is the main one, there are often special events that can be even more frightening if you prefer.*
Not far from our Grand Boulevards holiday apartment, don’t miss this frightened mansion !
18 rue de Paradis 75010
Poissonnière (line 7), Bonne nouvelle (line 7 and 8), Gare de l’Est (line 4, 5 and 7)
At the end of the XVIIIth century, due to several infections that affected the people who lived in the neighbourhood of Parisians cemeteries and in order to improve public hygiene in the city, the decision was taken to evacuate a big part of the Cimetière des Innocents, which had existed for XIII centuries. The remains of approximately 6 million people were thus transferred in these former quarries, 20 meters under the ground.
This amazing ossuary, which is a real labyrinth under the streets of the capital constitutes an amazing visit which can hardly be compared to anything you will experience in other museums. Seeing rows of skulls and being surrounded by the remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago may not be to everyone’s liking but if you want to be plunged in the heart of History and enjoy atypical experiences, do not hesitate !
Keep in mind however that here again waiting time can be quite long because only 200 people can enter at the same time (which will prevent you from being unable to circulate in a crowded gallery) so going as early as possible and trying to avoid the week end are the best ways to save tim
1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 75014
Denfert-Rochereau (line 4 and 6)
Closed on Monday, open every other day between 10:00A.M and 10:30 P.M