Then from 1986 through to 1994, the Musee en Herbe were located at a cultural centre in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris, however, by 2008 this museum in Paris had moved to a completely different location in the heart of the city in the 1st Arrondissement, which is where it remains today.
Since its move in 2008, the exhibitions have been even more incredible and these have included Andy Warhol, the surrealist artist Salvador Dali and the Hieroglyphics of Keith Haring and still with the same mission of a form of teaching based on games, humour, sensitivity, curiosity and creativity.
About the Musee en Herbe Museum in Paris
So, with a bit of disrespect, yet plenty of fun, the exhibition up until March 2013 is called Vasarely, You in the Eye and Op! This is dedicated to Victor Vasarely, who was a prolific artist specialising in kinetic effects and a master of optical art along with being a great advertising illustrator, and he was classed as the father of Op art with some of the very first op art pieces produced as early as 1930.
The Op art of Victor Vasarely has not been exposed to Parisians or tourists on holiday in Paris for over twenty years, and there are actually over 70 different original works of art on display, plus there is an interactive course for anyone from aged 3 to 93 can enjoy.
There are different types of visits and workshops available, and there will be a different exhibition from 2013 through to 2014, then the same goes for 2014 to 2015, but you can be sure that the Musee en Herbe will still have the same concept of introducing children to art and culture in a fun way.
Different visits and workshops at the Musee en Herbe
When it comes to visits, the first is called the Baby Viz’Ites, which are designed for children between the ages of two and a half and under five that last 30 minutes. These are conducted at 10.30am or 1.30pm and are a cost of €6 per child, but free to an adult accompanying them.
The second is called the Viz’Ites Where Children are the Heroes and these are available for children of five years and over and last 1 hour. The Musee en Herbe conducts these at 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and they are a cost of €10 per child and €6 for an accompanying adult.
Another type of visit at the Musee en Herbe Museum is called an Z’Atelier and you have the Maxi Z’Atelier for children aged over 5 that focuses on a work by the artist of the current exhibition. But there is also the Z’Atelier Parents conducted during school holidays, which is run during the same times as a childrens workshop and these are €10 per person for one hours just for the workshop, or €16 for the workshop and guided tour.
Adult Viz’Ites are open to adults without children and a guided tour lasting one hour is conducted at either 5pm or 6pm every day of the week and is a cost of €10 as of 2013. However, the Musee en Herbe also have what is known as the Vasa-Tea with a guided tour and tea tasting available on a Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm and the Vasa-Chin, which is a another guided tour with surprise drink that is available on a Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.
Access to the Musee en Herbe Museum in Paris
The Musee en Herbe museum is open every day of the week from 10am to 7pm, yet there is a late opening on a Thursday evening until 9pm, however, they do close for the major national French holidays, such as 25th December and 1st May.
However, we would like to point out that for any kind of visit, guided tour or workshop, you do have to make a reservation in advance via telephone, and it is essential to be booked at least two days prior to your intended visit.
Now as we mentioned earlier, this museum has moved and is now located in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris in between Les Halles and the Palais Royal and therefore the closest Metro stations are either the Les Halles stop on line 4 or the Palais Royal stop on lines 1 or 7.
Yet if you are travelling on the RER you would need the Chatelet - Les Halles station, and via bus you would need one of the numbers 29, 48, 67, 74 or 85 in orddr to get close to the Musee en Herbe museum.
Address and Contact Details
Musee en Herbe
21 Rue Herold
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 67 97 66
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 67 92 13
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Musee en Herbe Museum in Paris
The Musee en Herbe is a completely different type of museum that is mainly dedicated to children in order to provide them access to art and culture in a fun way, so that they can start to discover the rich culture that Paris has to offer.
A bit of history..
An idea was born over well over thirty years ago that would allow children to have fun while learning about art and culture, and the Musee en Herbe was set up by Sylvie Girardet, Claire Merleau-Ponty and anne Tardy at a zoo in Paris back in 1975.
This was supported by the Vocational Foundation and also gets support from the city of Paris in order to play host to different exhibitions based on artistic themes, along with games and workshops for children and the whole family.