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Secret Paris: Paris Vampire Museum (le Musée des Vampires)

Did you know that the world’s only Vampire Museum is located in Paris?

 

We go on with our quirky Paris visits and the world of weird. Today we are meeting Jacques Sirgent, writer and self-proclaimed “vampirologist” who many years ago decided to open his personal collection of vampire paraphernalia to the public. That’s how le Musée des Vampires (the Vampire Museum) was born, a life-time work and collection which is still one of Paris best kept secrets.

What’s the meaning of “vampirology”? The Vampirology is the study of vampires or the myths related to vampires.

We are going to visit the Vampire Museum as part of a night event about vampires called “Étrange rencontre au Musée des Vampires” (Strange meetings at the Vampire Museum). This event is organized by Sous les Pavés, a young start up which proposes alternative tours in Paris, most of them Paris night tours, related to the secrets of Paris.

The museum is nestled in a gloomy private house with a small garden (being completely dark did not help with the atmosphere) in the suburb of Lilas. A haunted house, according to the owner, but we did not want to check that by ourselves.

 

THE PARIS VAMPIRE MUSEUM 

 

While we are waiting for the guests to arrive, we have some time to explore the museum by ourselves. Le Musée des Vampires is very small, just one room. It is like a “cabinet de curiosités” (cabinet of curiosities or collection of curiosities in English) packed with all sorts of stuff related to vampires and the world of weird.

All here is second hand objects: vampire films posters, vampire masks and other objects bought by Jacques Sirgent himself online or in flea markets in Paris. The museum’s most interesting pieces include an anti-vampire protection kit from the 19th century, the autographed photos of almost all the actors featuring Dracula (the most famous vampires!), some rare vampirology books or really antique books where the concept of “vampire” is mentioned.

photo courtesy of Sous les Pavés ©

Once we are all there and comfortably seated on a crimson velvet couch, our host welcomes us with a very special drink. A kind of vampire drink I would say, red and sweet, which puts us on the mood for a vampire night . .

 

 A NIGHT OF VAMPIRE FACTS AND CURIOSITIES

 

Jacques Sirgent is very passionate about his work and collection and he really knows how to transmit this passion. He starts with the origin of vampires (or better, the concept of vampires) and some vampire facts and curiosities. I find very funny to learn that despite all the existing vampire films in the market, the film which is more faithful to Bram Stocker’s Dracula is a porn film called “This aint Dracula”, lol. If you are a vampire films collector, Sirgent can feed your USB key with lots of interesting or rare films about vampires. He can also propose you some vampirology books, written by other authors or you can also buy Jacques Sirgent’s books.

The conference is very interesting, even if sometimes it is difficult to follow him. The concept of vampires and what surrounds them is very fascinating and we all are listening with attention while sipping our drink. Where do vampires come from? Are they as bad as we think? The aim of Sirgent’s talk is not to scary us but to give us a different vision of the vampires living in our imagination. Who else than vampires will never enter your home unless they are invited by you? Indeed, Sirgent’s goal is to contrast the monsters of the imaginary with those, event more monstrous, found in everyday life.

 

ETRANGE RENCONTRE AU MUSEE DES VAMPIRES – FINAL THOUGHTS

 

I found the event and the museum very interesting. Some years before I had done an alternative tour at Père Lachaise with Jacques Sirgent (yes, we were looking for Dracula in Paris!) and I knew that he would not disappoint. However, this is a talk difficult to follow if you don’t have a good level of French. In this case there is always the possibility to visit the museum out of this event during a half creepy, half funny afternoon and exchange some words with him in English. If you are looking for alternative things to see in Paris, the Vampire Museum Paris won’t disappoint you.

 

VAMPIRE MUSEUM PARIS – INFO & TIPS

 

» The event “Etrange rencontre au Musée des Vampires” is organized by Sous les Pavés. You can check next dates and book directly on Sous les Pavés’ web.

» If you are celebrating Halloween in Paris, there is a special event at the Paris Vampire Museum. You will find all the information also on Sous les Pavés’ web.

» If you don’t speak French you can always visit the Vampire Museum out of this event. The museum is located at 14 rue Jules David, Les Lilas (93). Closest metro station is Porte des Lilas, line 11. As it’s a private museum, you need to book your visit in advance. You can email directly Jacques Sirgent at museedesvampires@sfr.fr

» The Vampire Museum will close for works in September 2018 so hurry up!. After the works, the museum will be back to the unusual things to do in Paris menu but two times bigger.

» Sous les Pavés proposes other interesting alternative tours in Paris: Paris night tours, quirky Paris tours, haunted Paris tours, esoteric visits at Père Lachaise and many more. All their guides are selected with great care and have in common a singular passion: vampirologist, master Freemason, exorcist, hypnotist . . The guides are all unique and happy to share their originality and their Paris best kept secrets.

» For the moment Sous les Pavés tours are only in French. They plan to launch most of the tours in English and certain tours also in Spanish very soon. Join their social media and stay tuned!

 

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Disclaimer: we would like to thank Sous les Pavés and Jacques Sirgent for inviting us to the event “Etrange rencontre au Musée des Vampires”.  As always, all opinions remain our own. Cover Picture courtesy of Sous les Pavés.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristína Danková
    11/01/2017 at 9:00 pm

    Woow! Sounds like a cool thing to do in Paris! I had no idea that people actually study something like this.

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      11/02/2017 at 7:55 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kristina. Not many people study things like this, I think 😉

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    Megan Jerrard
    11/01/2017 at 3:10 am

    I honestly had no idea that the world even had a vampire museum! Though it totally makes sense with the trend of vampires in popular culture recently. Likewise, I hadn’t come across the term vampirologist before, so learning tones of new things today!! Kind of fitting that it’s in a gloomy private house!

    Jacques seems to have quite the collection – it’s cool that touring the museum attempts to change your perception of them as not necessarily monsters. Considering I’ve read this post on October 31 – would be an amazing place to go for Halloween!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      11/02/2017 at 7:57 am

      Thanks Megan for stopping by. YES, the world has ONE Vampire Museum and his owner knows everything about them.

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    Anita Hendrieka
    10/31/2017 at 3:40 pm

    Oh, this place looks super creepy, I’ve never heard of the vampire museum in Paris. I am travelling to Paris in January so I may have to stopover here! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      11/10/2017 at 12:54 pm

      Remember to book in advance. You can fin the email on the bottom of the post

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    Elisa
    10/31/2017 at 12:22 pm

    I didn’t know the only vampire museum is in France and I have to admit I’d totally visit it. Its a bit of a bummer that I don’t speak French though as the highlight of the event seems to be listening to Jacques Sirgent talk about his passion. What a cool experience!

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      WorldInParis
      11/18/2017 at 10:21 pm

      Well, you can visit the museum without the conference and it will be Jacques Sirgent himself who shows around. And he speaks English so no problem!

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    Efthimis Kragaris
    10/30/2017 at 9:46 pm

    I will definitely check Sous les Pavés when in Paris. I love alternative tours and we are actually currently planning some in Athens! You will hear from us hopefully soon 🙂

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      11/02/2017 at 7:59 am

      Sous les Paves has very interesting tours, you have a link to their blog at the end of this post 😉

  • Reply
    Sneha S
    10/30/2017 at 11:35 am

    Spooky indeed! Liked your tip for those not speaking French. Really helpful.

  • Reply
    Koen
    10/29/2017 at 7:58 pm

    Haha, so funny. I did not know there is this kind of Museum in Paris. Love the level of detail!

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    Silke
    10/29/2017 at 2:37 pm

    What an interesting place to visit while in Paris! I am honestly intrigued. Shame that my French wouldn’t be good enough to follow the presentation. But I will definitely keep it in mind as an off-the-beaten-path thing to do in Paris. Do you think it is kid-friendly?

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      WorldInParis
      10/31/2017 at 7:40 am

      Sure it is kid friendly! Jacques Sirgent receives many school groups in the museum 😉

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    Dinh-Long Pham
    10/29/2017 at 4:56 am

    I’ve been living in Paris all my life and had no idea about this museum! Thank for the cool tip about “Sous les pavés” startup! I’ll definitely check it out and follow their next tours.

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      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:19 am

      I told you that Paris Vampire Museum is one of Paris’ best kept secrets! 😉

  • Reply
    Renata Green
    10/28/2017 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been to Paris so often and I actually thought that I’ve seen it all – your post proves I didn’t. This is so much fun, I didn’t know it existed. The cover pictures is very well chosen since it really invites you in this creepy world.

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      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:19 am

      That’s our job, to make you discover Paris off the beaten path . . 😉

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    Carol
    10/28/2017 at 8:06 pm

    This is really interesting! Would you say it’s worth to wait after they make the changes in 2018 or just go ahead and experience this now?

    I got so suckered into vampire facts and literature when I started reading Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles when I was way younger. I would love to learn more of them from Jacques Sirgent!

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      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:20 am

      Oh, Jacques Sirgent knows everything about vampires! If you are that interested I would not wait for 2018 to visit 😉

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    Tamara Elliott
    10/28/2017 at 6:24 pm

    I had no idea there was such a thing! I would have guessed it would be in Romania 🙂

    • Reply
      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:21 am

      NO, actually in Romania they don’t care about vampires. I spent some days in Transylvania and nothing . . . 🙁

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    Danik
    10/28/2017 at 11:17 am

    I didn’t even know there was a vampire museum in paris and now this looks interesting. 😀 I am back in Paris soon so I hope it will be open for me to check out 😀

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      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:22 am

      Danik you can join one of Sous les Paves’ events or make an appointment by email with the owner

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    Hannah
    10/28/2017 at 9:51 am

    I spend a lot of time in Paris, but had never heard of le Musée des Vampires! Monsieur Sirgent seems like a very quirky person with a passion for the unusual, so it would be good to visit this private museum. Mais, peut-être, en anglais, parce que mon français n’est pas bon!

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      WorldInParis
      10/29/2017 at 10:23 am

      Je pense qu’il faut que ton français soit vraiment très bon . . . Or you can visit the museum out of these events, by appointment

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