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And getting back to the very beginning, Dean Lafaye wanted to open a museum dedicated to medical teaching and the history of medicine, which were at the time unknown to medical students, however at the time this did not happen.

Yet a museum was created, all be it many years later, within rooms constructed in 1905 in the Medical School of Paris, and of course they included the original collection of surgical instruments.  The unusual collection was further enhanced a few years later by the addition of a considerable amount of pieces related to operations along with art works.

Since that time, bar an interruption of two years when this museum in Paris was closed due to a fire that meant major restoration had to be conducted, you will be able to discover the history of medicine through a large variety of different instruments, documents and models.

In fact, the Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine is recognised throughout the world for its rich and vast collections of unique items with over 200 physiology instruments, items relating to gynecology, surgery, ophthalmologists and even homeopathy, which was very popular in the 19th century.

You can also discover a pharmacy box complete with the original bottles from the 17th century, a writing desk from the 18th century with names of surgeons carved into it, instruments that were used to perform the autopsy of Napoleon when he died at St Helena, a disinfection oven, even Egyptian instruments and numerous painting and art works.

There are also many different documents, engravings, lithographs, photographs, portraits and medals, along with an old endoscope, 18th century ophthalmic instruments, an old amputation saw from the 17th century and many other unique items on display, often with an unusual story to tell.

And so, while you are on holiday in Pairs, if you are at all interested in the history of medicine or want to discover more about how things used to be, then this is a truly amazing museum, although the use of many objects could well make a person cringe at the thought, but is a fascinating experience.

Access to the Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine Museum in Paris

The Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine is open on a Monday to Wednesday and on a Friday to Saturday from 2pm through to 5.30pm, however, it is always closed on a Thursday and Sunday.  The museum is also closed on all national French holidays, plus there is an annual closing from the 23rd December through to 2nd January.

There is a nominal charge of only €3.50 or €2.50 for students as of 2013 and no appointment is necessary for individual tourists, however, if you do wish to have a guided tour, these are available for a maximum of 20 people per group, yet a prior appointment must be arranged in advance.

And situated on the second floor of the Paris Descartes University, it is located within the 6th Arrondissement of Paris in between the River Seine and the Jardin du Luxembourg gardens in Paris, which is also home to the Musee du Luxembourg.

So the nearest Metro station to the Museum of the history of Medicine is the Odeon stop, whereas the nearest RER train station is the Saint Michel - Notre Dame stop.

Address and Contact Details

Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine
12 Rue de l’Ecole de Medecine
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 76 53 16 93
Fax: +33 (0) 1 76 53 18 92

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Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine Museum in Paris France

This Paris Museum of the History of Medicine is located in a University of the Academy of Surgery with the oldest collection of items relating to medicine in Europe along with rare medical and surgical bags, physiology tools etc.

About the Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine Museum in Paris

Originally started in the 18th century by Dean Lafaye with a collection of surgical instruments, the former Medical School, which was founded in 1803 during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte I was situated in the building of the Academy of Surgery, which is where the Paris Descartes University has been located since 1971.
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