Le Musee Dupuytren

It’s day three in Paris and we’ve visited more museums than I can count, but today we hit one of my true bucket list places: the Musee Dupuytren found in l’École de Médecine. I’ve found it on many “top 10” lists of strange museums across the world, and it definitely tops my personal list of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Sadly, they don’t allow you to take pictures so you don’t get to see any of my personal pictures, but I found several online that will give you a sense of what we saw.

Also, we had a hell of a time finding it – so this post is for those who honestly want to get there. Forewarning – this museum is not for wimps; I’m the kind of person who typically wishes I could reach through the glass and touch deformed skulls, but even some of the things we saw grossed me out. That’s impressive.

First off, it’s located at 15 Rue de l’École de Médecine, and only Monday through Friday from 2pm – 5pm.

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Google Maps makes it look like it’s right there, but you have to walk through an iron gate and into a poorly marked entrance into the medical school.

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Once you enter, there is a map on your left:

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Basically, go down a little ways and turn left. You will come to this door and then you must ring the buzzer. This is not the Louvre – it almost seems like you’re not supposed to be there. Once you get in, it’s only 5 euros and you will be escorted to a back room and left alone.

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That is the end of my pictures, but I found these online and you can get the idea.

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Lucky for me, my french is good enough to read what most of the labels said, but I don’t think knowledge of the language is necessary. While I could see that this museum definitely isn’t for everyone, I felt that after spending a night at the Louvre with a bazillion other people, it was pretty cool to have the entire museum space to ourselves (literally) for such a cheap price.

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