Musee Grevin Waxworks museum in Paris
The Musee Grevin is the waxwork museum in Paris that was first opened in 1882, and it is here that you will be able to have your picture taken next to one of the famous celebrities or discover some the famous people brought back to life from yesteryear.
About the Musee Grevin
There are actually several different sections and themes at the Musee Grevin and there is one part called the Grevin Collection that is dedicated to some of their most fabulous masterpieces like Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahatma Gandhi and Michael Jackson, that are surrounded by the sumptuous decor first implemented over 100 years ago.
You have a section on the history of France from the middle ages to the 19th century, through the Renaissance period and the Second Empire where you will see different parts of the history highlighted such as Joan of Arc or King Louis XIV and his court at Chateau de Versailles.
Then you have the Paris Grevin Magazine that highlights numerous different celebrities in different surroundings such as actors in their dressing rooms before going on stage, within a Paris brasserie, at a fashion show, etc and here you can see the waxworks of people such as Ernest Hemingway, Luciano Pavarotti, Naomi Campbell, Pablo Picasso and many more.
The Tout Paris Theatre is a display that provides a discreet atmosphere with all of the characters in evening dress and portrays top singers such as Celine Dion and Elton John along with actors and actresses etc.
And when you look back at the history of the Musee Grevin, you will find that the Palais des Mirages or Hall of Mirrors was actually produced for the Universal Exhibition in 1900 and with its sound and light show and special effects, it has been completely renovated and provides a unique show not to be missed.
There is also another section called the Snapshots of the 20th Century that takes a look back in time to some of the major events that occurred throughout the world, such as the first step on the moon and the falling of the Berlin Wall. Plus there are some unforgettable people recognised within this section like Louis Armstrong, Brigitte Bardot and Jimi Hendrix.
There are of course new exhibits being added to this museum every year and some of the more recent ones include Nicolas Cage, Madonna, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz, with Mick Jagger and Katy Perry being added in 2017, which are included within a section called Meet the Stars.
One of the more unusual exhibits has got to be a scene with the famous prehistoric squirrel named Scrat from the Ice Age movies that scrabbles away trying to get to his nut, and this is part of a section that has been created dedicated to fictional characters that also includes Spiderman.
Another section that has been created within the Musee Grevin is called champions and includes different sports personalities from basketball, football, ice skating, rugby, pole vaulting, etc, with two new additions in 2016, which were the footballers Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, both wearing sports outfits that were their own.
You can also find out even more behind the scenes at the Musee Grevin on how the waxworks are made and children with their parents can go on a Discovery Tour circuit and find out the different materials used.
On this Discovery Tour you are even allowed to touch some of the components used, which means that it becomes a hands on experience for a greater understanding as to the expertise and precision that goes into every figure produced, and this comes within the cost of a museum ticket.
But just next door is the Cafe Grevin where you can sit and relax and let your imagination wander at what you have experienced in the Musee Grevin waxwork museum.
Access to the Musee Grevin Museum
The Musee Grevin Waxwork museum is open every day of the year, even during the Festive Season, although the hours do change and are shorter on National French holidays such as, 25th December, 1st January and 1st May when it opens at 1pm and closes at 7pm.
However, normal opening times are daily from 9:30am through to 7pm, but we would like to point out that last admission to the museum is one hour prior to closing and no large items of luggage are allowed, plus pushchairs have to be left at the cloakroom during busy times.
The cost of entry as of 2018 is €22.50 for adults, €17.50 for children aged between 5 and 15 and it is free for children under 5 years of age, but there is a reduced rate applicable to students, the disabled and those with a large family of more than three children.
You can purchase your tickets in advance via their dedicated website or at certain shops such as Carrefour, Auchan and Virgin, or of course at the time of your visit, and you will be pleased to know that the Musee Grevin is now fully accessible to the disabled and those in wheelchairs.
But if you are planning to visit this museum in Paris as part of a group consisting of 20 people or more, then you do need to make a prior reservation by telephone on +33 8 26 30 20 50, which is a chargeable phone call per minute.
However, there are special offers that the Musee Grevin provide such as a family ticket for a maximum of two adults and two children for a cost of €16 per person or you can get a dated ticket for visiting on a specific date, which reduces in cost if booked several days in advance and is from €17.50 for an adult as of 2018.
You may also be pleased to know that this Waxwork Museum has paired up with other tourist attractions in Paris to offer a variety of different deals suitable for all the family, and when booking a combined ticket you get a reduction in cost to what you would have paid individually.
For instance you could book a combined ticket for the Musee Grevin and the Aquarium de Paris CineAqua, which is located at the Jardins du Trocadero, or a ticket for a River Seine sightseeing cruise with Vedettes de Paris, or a 1 day pass for the bus tour company called L'OpenTour.
We mentioned earlier that there is also the Cafe Grevin located next door and if you wish, you can also book a combined ticket to enjoy the Musee Grevin along with a lunch deal meal, which consists of a starter and main course or a main course and dessert for a cost of €36.50 for an adult instead of €41.50 as 2018. Plus there is also a child option for those aged between 5 and 11 for €26.50, but this does have to be booked at least 1 day in advance.
Access to the Musee Grevin Waxwork Museum
Located within the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, when it comes to getting to the Musee Grevin via public transport in Paris, you will find that the nearest Metro Stations are called the Grands Boulevards stop or the Richelieu - Drouot stop, which can both be accessed via lines 8 or 9.
Alternatively, in the opposite direction you have the Metro station called the Le Peletier stop serving line 7, which is a little further walk away, however, the Paris buses via lines 20, 39, 42, 48, 67, 74 and 85 will also get you within walking distance of this unique museum in Paris.