But of course, over the years, with tobacco becoming an industrial product, the ideals of smoking have completely changed and are not considered holy or healthy any longer, and in fact cigarette smoking has become classed as bad for you, but cigars and other smoking paraphernalia have become more popular.
And so, the Musee du Fumeur presents the ancient practice of smoking through different objects that have been gathered from all over the world that have been utilised over different periods of time, along with practical information and even live tobacco plants, through to drying and extraction equipment.
You will be able to discover a sieve used for extracting resin from hemp, through to an ornate copper pipe once used in China for smoking opium, along with fragile 17th century clay pipes displayed behind glass, which are located next to engravings depicting these early pipes scattered at the feet of smokers.
There are different types of tobacco on display and a snuff box with snuff dating back around 100 years through to peace pipes, oriental hookas and hand rolled cigars, along with portraits of smoking celebrities, old postcards, posters, caricatures and cartoon strips that depict the smoking culture in different places and times around the world.
In addition to this there is a library with many different guide books, specialised magazines, even rare books on the history of tobacco and hemp, novels, DVDs on cultivation of tobacco or hand rolling cigars and much more for those of you that want to discover more about this ancient past time.
The Musee du Fumeur also has a book shop, with most titles in French but some in different languages such as English, German and Spanish that range from how to cultivate tobacco through to how to stop smoking and different novels through to poetry or cartoons.
Plus there is a gift shop with a very unique array of different smoking accessories from the traditional to the ethnic including items such as vaporisers, oriental hookas, humidors for keeping cigars, pipes, revolutionary products designed to trap tar or even reduce passive smoking along with post cards, DVDs and much more.
Access to the Musee du Fumeur Museum in Paris
You will find the Smoking Museum in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris close to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery and is open on a Tuesday through to a Saturday from 12.30pm to 7pm, yet is closed on a Sunday, Monday and on National French Holiday such as 1st May.
When visiting the museum, you can access the gift shop and book store completely free of charge, but entry into the Musee du Fumeur, which is accessed via the shop, is a cost of €5 per person as of 2013.
Now the nearest Metro station is called Voltaire on line 9 by the Place Leon Blum, but the buses numbered 46, 56, 61 and 69 will also get you close by.
Address and Contact Details
Le Musee du Fumeur
7 Rue Pache
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 59 05 51 or +33 (0) 1 43 71 95 51
Fax: +33 (0) 1 43 73 24 35
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Musee du Fumeur or smoking museum in Paris France
The Musee du Fumeur is a unique museum in Paris dedicated to smoking and contains a varied collection of smoking objects such as pipes and snuff boxes, some of which date back to the 17th century, along with photographs, characatures, portraits and more.
About the Musee du Fumeur Museum
The Smoking Museum is a private museum in Paris that was founded by Michka Seeliger-Chatelain and Tigrane Hadengue back in 2001 and is dedicated to providing information about smoking and its history along with the plants used for smoking.
Many centuries ago mankind discovered that the smoke from certain plants had particular effects, and this cast a completely different aspect all over the world and from the Native Americans who gave us tobacco through to the Pious Saddhus of India who puffed on ganja, smoke was considered holy.