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The Musée de l’Homme is back (and it rocks!)


After more than 5 years closed for renovation works, the much awaited Musée de l’Homme (the Mankind Museum) came back to the Parisian museums’ scene in style. Unfortunately, there are few opportunities to visit this museum for free so I had to wait for the last Journées du Patrimoine weekend (end of September) to take our chance.

Musée de l'Homme

Inaugurated in 1938 the Musée de l’Homme focuses on the evolution of humans. It is not only about the anthropological point of view, there is also the social and cultural approach. This description may sound a little bit serious (or boring) but actually this is a great museum to visit with kids thanks to a winning combination of different experiences (contemplating, touching, listening, smelling . . .) where all the senses are engaged.

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The Musée de l’Homme has three main sections: WHO ARE WE?, WHERE DO WE COME FROM? and WHERE DE WE HEAD?

The first part of the museum focuses on the exploration of our identity-based in different criteria. Are we flesh and blood beings? Beings of thought? Social beings?

Musée de l'Homme

The second part of the museum invites the visitor to learn how the human species and their traits have come down through the ages through a path that was not linear as we all once thought.

The last part of the visit is a trip through time as we explore the history of globalization and anthropization. At the same time, visitors discover the state of the planet and the ecological impact of human activity.

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This is the centerpiece of the museum’s reopening, a large hanging rail linking the museum’s level 1 to level 2 with 91 plaster busts representing the human diversity. It’s very impressive!

Musée de l'Homme


There is also a lane with their footsteps so if you follow them putting your feet on them you can feel their funny way of walking!



In our world, there are over 7.000 languages spoken by 7 billion of humans. Six languages are spoken by the 75% of the world population. Other languages may disappear in the following years if we don’t do anything. Visitors can stick the mural tongues out to listen to the world’s languages.

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A table in the form of a half grain of empty rice presents the history of rice and the variety of ways different civilizations prepare it. Cooking methods, recipients and odors demonstrate the many ways we have found to feed ourselves.



Through this installation hanging on the ceiling, visitors discover the state of the planet, the ecological impact of human activities and the ways societies relate to their environment. Watching these images it was clear to me that the way we are growing and developing is not compatible AT ALL with the growth of the resources we need. How will we get by without oil and how will we feed 9 billion people? What do we need to do to change the course of this coming disaster?

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Before entering the exhibition on the first level, on the left side, there is an amazing view of Eiffel Tower without tourists. Even if this museum is located in the 16th district and the Eiffel Tower is in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris, the view is perfect. It was very difficult to start our visit with such an amazing sight, I would have stayed there admiring the Eiffel Tower for hours!

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I would like to end this post with the trailer of Yann Artus Bertrand’s interesting project 7 Billion humans. The heart of this project is to show everything that unites us, links us and differentiates us through thousands of interviews about different topics. Enjoy!

Le Musée de l’Homme is at 17 Place du Trocadéro, in Paris 16.  Metro Station Trocadéro L6,9; Velib Station #16014; Tickets: Full price 10€

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  • Elaine Schoch
    01/23/2017 at 7:48 pm

    Sounds like an interesting museum to check out…

  • Skye Class
    10/21/2016 at 3:18 pm

    An interesting museum. This is definitely not a place I would have ever considered visiting.

  • WorldInParis
    10/21/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks Sarah 😉

  • Evan Kristine
    10/18/2016 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of this place! I feel ashamed now, seems like an interesting museum to visit, I would love it thats for sure.

    • WorldInParis
      10/18/2016 at 10:11 pm

      It was closed for 6 years so it is normal that you did not heard of it 😉

  • JEM
    10/17/2016 at 9:25 pm

    Nice place to visit. I’m sure children would love it too. Definitely love the view of the Tour Eiffel.

    • WorldInParis
      10/18/2016 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, indeed 🙂

  • Llamateurs
    10/17/2016 at 9:18 pm

    Ohhhh, the part about languages is my favourite one…

    • WorldInParis
      10/18/2016 at 12:56 pm

      Mine also 🙂

  • Angela
    10/17/2016 at 3:10 pm

    I have never heard of this museum before, but sounds unique! We will have to add it to our ever growing list of other things to do in Paris when we visit again. Thanks for sharing a place off the beaten path!

    • WorldInParis
      10/18/2016 at 12:57 pm

      It was closed for renovation works for many years and re-opened just one year ago 🙂

  • Vicki Louise
    10/17/2016 at 8:16 am

    This museum sounds incredible. I love the themes and the human development focus. It really delves into the human condition and our effect on the planet. So different to the typical painting/art museums in Paris – it makes for a nice (re)addition to the Paris collection.

    • WorldInParis
      10/17/2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Vicki! I completely agree with your point of view 🙂

  • Tami
    10/17/2016 at 4:41 am

    I’d never heard of this museum before, but it sounds very interesting. We’ve been to Paris twice and seen some other great sights. Maybe if there’s a next time, I’ll head to this museum. What was your favorite part?

    • WorldInParis
      10/17/2016 at 9:15 am

      Tami I don’t have a “favourite part” but some favourite displays which I described on the post 🙂

  • Claire
    10/16/2016 at 6:03 pm

    This sounds like a quirky museum which is the kind of thing I like! Will have to keep this in mind when I’m back in Paris

    • WorldInParis
      10/17/2016 at 9:15 am

      Hope it will be soon, Claire! 🙂

  • Alice
    10/16/2016 at 2:12 pm

    Ouiiiii ! I should definitely go back there before I leave Paris, it’s really a fun place to go to !

    • WorldInParis
      10/17/2016 at 9:16 am


  • Christine | The Traveloguer
    10/16/2016 at 11:49 am

    Really interesting, I’ve never heard of this museum before, it sounds really good. It’s great that there’s such a good view of the Eiffel Tower too!