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The Musée de l’Homme is back. The iconic research establishment located in the prestigious Palais de Chaillot (built for the 1937 Universal Exposition) on Place du Trocadéro, in West Paris, one of the capital’s most popular spots to soak in stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, is reopening after a 6-year renovation.

The museum collections of prehistoric, ethnological and physical anthropology specimens are outstanding, as are its rich documentary resources (from a Cro-Magnon’s skull to the skull of French philosopher Descartes, from the voluptuous Venus of Lespugue sculpted 20.000 years ago to Pinson’s anatomical wax models, emblems of anatomy in the age of enlightenment, not to mention the surprising gallery of 19th century busts). The expertise of its researchers, the institution’s commitment to humanism and the major exhibitions that have marked its history have forged its reputation at the forefront of scientific research and as a public museum.

A new century, a new Musée de l’Homme

And with a new century comes a new Musée de l’Homme. Originally established in 1938, the all-new facility is a cultural and scientific project like none other. With its new public displays focused on human development, our similarities, differences, and future, as well as state-of-the-art, scientific research and education facilities, the Musée de l’Homme is ready to address the question of humanity as never before.

There are now myriad ways for objects to tell a story. Sharing knowledge relies on new forms of presentation, on high-tech exhibits and digital tools that provide you with multiple ways of accessing information that will allow them to explore at their own pace and at their own level.

Musée de l'Homme, by the tourist in paris

The Musée de l’Homme is also a modern, working laboratory, a fully-active research and conservation centre with a focus on the natural and human sciences that have forged the identity of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. The building provides working space for 150 researchers who cover a comprehensive range of scientific disciplines, from biology and anthropology to philosophy and history. In addition, to foster a fuller, more generous view of humanity and our prospects, the museum’s research teams share their work with the public through cutting-edge exhibits, exciting programmes and research publications.

You will learn about the findings and even meet the scientists on the impressive Balcon des Sciences, a space dedicated to the latest scientific research and discoveries. It’s the mission of this unique museum: the vital melding of research and education.

More art in West Paris? Art and culture thrive in this neighbourhood dotted with several major museums: the musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris (MAM), the Palais de Tokyo, the musée Guimet, the Museum Galliera and, across the Seine, the Quai Branly Museum.

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Where: Musee de l'Homme, Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris, France
Metro: Trocadéro (L. 6 & 9)