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And as time went on samples started to come from the French colonies and from scientific expeditions, and more recently different universities and research institutes from all over the world would provide exchanges of different materials for example, Thailand, Greece, Cameroon, etc.

You can now discover over 1300 samples of old drugs, which provide a rich history of medicine and a collection from China that was originally formed for the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris, which is when the Eiffel Tower was first constructed.  There are old herbal drugs from the Ottoman Empire, a collection from a botanical garden in Madagascar, others from Brazil and Brussels, which total thousands of different samples along with items such as old acupuncture charts and more.

But for those of us who are not scientifically minded, the Collection by Monograph is probably going to be the most interesting part of the Musee de Matiere Medicale to the unitiated tourist, which is located near the entrance to the museum and displays spices such as pepper and cinnamon, plants such as those for cocoa and tea.

There are also numerous objects such as poison arrows, muscle relaxants, blowguns and more, to be discovered, for a completely different and unusual tourist attraction in Paris to visit, if you happen to be on holiday while it is one of the national heritage days in France.

Access to the Musee de Matiere Medicale Museum

The Museum of Medical Material is located very close to the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is one of the fabulous gardens in Paris, and is situated within the Universite Paris Descartes.

And the nearest Metro station is the Odeon or Cluny on lines 4 or 10, whereas the station for the RER trains via line B is called the Luxembourg stop, however, the bus numbers 27, 38 and 85 will also get you close by.

But unfortunately, we would like to point out that this museum in Paris is only open to tourists on certain days of the year such as Science Day or Heritage days, and at all other times it is closed to the public.

Address Details

Laboratoire de Pharmacognosie
Le Musee de Matiere Medicale
Universite Paris Descartes
Faculte des  Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques
4 Avenue de l’Observatoire
Ile de France

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Le Musee de Matiere Medicale Museum in Paris France

The Museum of Medical Material was founded in 1882 and is a collection of laboratory and pharmacy objects and natural substances that were utilised for the production of drugs, and this unusual museum portrays the history of medicine from this aspect.

About the Musee de Matiere Medicale

There are so many different items to discover at this museum in Paris, which was first installed in the Faculty of Pharmacy back in 1882 in its current location, but some of the items on display date from far earlier, and in fact, right back to 1763.

The idea was to have a collection that would be accessible to students for future chemists, pharmacists and researchers, which grew over time, especially with the development of travel and trade, that meant samples of vegetables and herbs could be collected from other parts of the world, rather than just France or Europe.
Le Musee de Matiere Medicale
Musee de Matiere Medicale Display
Museum Of Medicine Artifacts