Square du General Morin in Paris
This square is located in front of the old priory that became home to the Musee des Arts et Metiers museum and has a replica of the Statue of Liberty close to the entrance.
About Square du General Morin
The Square du General Morin was named after Arthur Jules Morin who was a mathematician born in 1795.
He was also the director of CNAM, which stands for Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, from 1852 through to when he died in 1880, and this square in Paris is dedicated to the work and effort he put into the running of this historical museum.
And although there is a small section of grass, most of the square is laid out as concrete with a few concrete seats in order to relax in front of the former priory called the Saint-Martin-des-Champs, which has its history dating back to the Merovingian dynasty.
But another feature of the Square du General Morin is the replica of a plaster statue, that was one of the first models of the Statue of Liberty, that was produced by the French artist and sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and it was donated to the Musee des Arts et Metiers by his widow.
Yet the full scale is of course the famous monument in the harbour of New York on Liberty Island, but another original can also be found in Paris at the Pont de Grenelle bridge on the Ile Aux Cygnes island in the River Seine.
Plus there is another statue located in this square, which depicts Zenobe Gramme, who was a Belgian engineer and electrician who invented the first electric generator, so as you can no doubt tell, the Square General Morin is an interesting square, even before you enter the impressive museum in Paris where you can see items such as the Foucault Pendulum.
Visiting Square du General Morin
You will find the Square du General Morin located in the 3rd Arrondissement by the entrance to the Arts and Crafts museum and the Saint-Martin-des-Champs Priory at the corner of Rue Reaumur and the Rue Vaucanson.
And when it comes to public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro station is the Arts et Metiers stop via lines 3 and 11 or if you are travelling by bus you would need the numbers 20, 38, 47 or 75.
However, for those of you who are fitter and want your own means of getting around Paris, then the Velib self service cycle hire is a great way and there are two parking stations located close by, one of which is located on the Rue de Turbigo.