Saturday, 2 April 2016

Paris visit: the reopening of the Musée de l'Homme

When I planned a little trip to Paris in January 16' to go see some friends, I knew I wanted to go visit at least a museum there. Paris has such an amazing cultural life, numerous exhibitions, from the most famous artist to the most obscure concept, there is something to see every day, and I always make sure I do. On my top 3 is always the Quai Branly, but now that the Musée de l'Homme had freshly opened, the decision was quickly made to go and see what it was all about.

The Musée de l'Homme, that we could translate by "Museum of Mankind", focuses on humans and the human culture, asking fundamental questions. Who are we? What are we? What makes us humans? What is human culture? What brings us together? What sets up appart? We and a-our hominids ancestors and cousins. How did you, are we, and will we treat our environment? 

The Museum of Mankind is very old and prestigious cultural institution. Because it has been there for a while, it is full of controversies - for example, Saartjie Baartman's body, also know as the Venus Hottentote's, was once part of their collection -. They had to consider all of those stories, facts, evolutions, debatss that surrounded their museum, and team of scientists, academics and experts did a great job of acknowledging and still re-creating a new space of learning, sharing, and visiting. They are very clean and open about their journey through time, through thoughts and mentalities, through society. In a temporary exhibition, they even explain every step, technical or not, of the renovation. It just inspire me even more to work in a museum on day, as a team member, doing research or anything else.  

My visit.
With my background in art history and archaeology, as soon as the news of the reopening of the museum came out, I knew I had to go.
The location of the Musée de l'Homme is amazing, on the Trocadéro, facing the Eiffel tower. The building itself is grand and beautiful. At every window, you have a glorious view. The little museum café funnily named "Lucy" is very nicely located too, you will definitely eat your sandwich or drink your coffee in front of the Eiffel tower that way. To get there, the metro until "Trocadéro" and you literally can not miss it. 

Inside the museum.  It was an amazing experience. We arrived at noon, which is a good time because you know that lunch break is sacred for french people! So not too many visitors were there. A lot more arrived around 2pm. We stayed for about 5 hours exploring the museum from every angle, every object, any little something. You can of course finish the visit in 2hours if you wanted, but we went all out. The entry ticket is 10, so not too bad for such a large and prestigious museum.Their collection is so rich, eclectic, from human parts to vehicles.

You can actually see the time, the efforts, the brains, the thoughts that went into every word, every object presentation, every expression, every scenographic move. You can appreciate the hard work behind the exhibition and it is all very impressive.

I would definitely recommend you to visit the permanent exhibition at least, with your friends, family, partner, or just by yourself to reflect on humanity. It's worth it! 


  1. you make me want to go! nice post, and pictures, it sounds so interesting :)

    1. Thank you so much <3 And yeah, if you have the occasion, go go go :)