Grevin Wax Museum
The Grevin Museum is hidden in the Grands Boulevards district in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. This site shows originality by exhibiting reproductions of celebrities in wax. The characters are perfectly realized there that one could believe they are alive. On this page, we propose you to discover the secrets of this particular site.
History of the Grevin museum
The Grevin museum was inaugurated in 1881 and today exhibits more than 500 famous figures from Albert Einstein to Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II.
In royal times, it was common after the death of a personality, to exhibit his face in wax. At the end of the 19th century, the journalist Arthur Meyer wanted to give substance to the characters on the front page of his newspaper. While photography was still rare in the press, he imagined a place where the public could finally "put a face" on the personalities who made or are making the news. You can discover many reconstructed scenes from French History, such as the captivity of Louis XVI in the Temple or Joan of Arc at stake. You can also see classified decorations from the 1900s, an Italian-style pocket theatre, a grand marble staircase or a room with baroque columns. It was an immediate success and has been a constant attraction ever since.
The exhibitions of the Grevin museum
The museum's visit begins in the palace of mirages: a room dedicated to an optical illusion. It was created for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Even today, it functions like a giant kaleidoscope that multiplies the rooms infinitely. There are games of sound and light transporting visitors from one universe to another (Hindu temple then tropical jungle...). After this first show, the visitors will relive some of the most important events of the 20th century before entering the museum's theatre.
The museum theatre is the second part of your visit. In this place, you will be able to discover all the wax sculptures of the most famous stars. Recently, Brad Pitt and Georges Clooney joined the VIP gallery. Among the manufacturing secrets, learn that the hair is natural and implanted one by one. Some accessories belonged to their characters, such as the authentic clog bathtub by Marat or the harpsichord by Mozart.
This atypical place will delight both adults and children on a family outing. Your child will be able to take a photo with his or her favorite wax statue and keep an unforgettable memory of this visit. This year, you will meet the perfect replica of Madonna, Charlie Chaplin, Ray Charles or Kylian Mbappé, and many others. Historical figures are also replicated, such as Louis XIV or Clovis, and famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh or Guillaume Appolinaire.
To enter this unusual museum, whether you are an adult or a child, you will be asked for a ticket at the entrance as in most cultural sites. You will have to pay an amount of 24.50€ for adults over 16 years old. Children from 5 to 15 years old will benefit from a reduced rate of 18,50€. For children under 5 years old, admission is free.
Please note that there are preferential rates for seniors, students, disabled people and jobseekers. You will also find family offers from 76€ for 4 people. These prices may vary according to the season. You can book your tickets online or at the entrance of the museum.
The museum is located at number 10 Boulevard Montmartre, you can get there by public transport using lines 8 or 9 of the metro (stop: Grands Boulevards or Bourse) or the bus (lines 20, 39, 48, 67, 74 and 85). If you come by car, you will easily find a parking lot on Boulevard Montmartre or at the corner of Rue Drouot. The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 9.30 am to 7 pm.
After your visit, you can reach other sites of interest nearby. Less than a kilometer away, you will find the Opera Garnier, the Palais-Royal de Paris, the Place Vendôme, or the Louvre Museum. Paris City Vision also offers you excursions with the same unusual theme with, for example, "Hidden Treasures of Paris: from the Palais Royal to the Opéra Garnier". We remain at your disposal to answer your questions or make a reservation (information, schedules, opinions, dates, photos, maps).