The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems

The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems

Discover a new side of Paris, hidden in plain sight, with this beautifully illustrated guide to the city's smaller collections and best-kept secrets, from artists' studios to scientific museums.

A visit to Paris can often seen like a highlight reel -- the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower. But Paris isn't only about the big attractions; in fact, some might say it's the offbeat destinations that hold the greatest treasures. The Little(r) Museums of Paris takes a whimsical journey through these smaller destinations, from the fantastical to the bizarre, offering both a guide to the city and inspiration for armchair travelers.
Rather than traveling by neighborhood, this charming guide explores the different types of institutions nestled within Paris, from time capsules like the Musee Nissim de Camondo to explorations of the world beyond the city limits, including the Institute of the Arab World. Readers will peek behind the curtains of artists' apartments and into the microscopes of collections of scientific oddities. Each entry opens up a new world of adventure, with a description of the museum's collection, as well as a short history, watercolor illustrations, and a miniature map. For residents and visitors alike, the captivating illustrations and deeply-researched yet approachable writing will encourage greater appreciation of the cultural diversity, history, and colorful characters that give Paris that je ne sai quoi.

Title:The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems
ISBN:9780762466399
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    The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City's Hidden Gems Reviews

  • Rebecca Marks

    Charming - beautifully researched, written and illustrated. ...

  • Deborah

    Interesting and informative guide to lesser-known but wonderful museums in Paris, France. The watercolor illustrations are delightful. Thanks to Oliver Gee and The Earful Tower podcast that made me aw...

  • rveur d'art

    Surprisingly great. At first I was put off by the choice to have illustrations instead of photographs - I wanted something a bit more à la Musées Insolites De Paris: Collections Secrètes, Curiosit...

  • Lisa

    I'm sure I could never run out of things to do in Paris, but I do like this little guide to some of the smaller museums that I hadn't heard of. It's the perfect guide to finding museums you might othe...

  • Anu

    A really nice stroll though some culture, history, and art in Paris. I learned a lot through reading this book, as the author goes into some detail (with beautiful watercolours) of the little(r) museu...

  • Maryam Parhizkar

    This is a beautifully illustrated and incredibly informative. More than just a guidebook, it is also an introductory history to many of the city's little institutions. Recommended for anyone intereste...

  • Elizabeth Steinhauer

    This is an exquisitely written and researched book about off-the-beaten path smaller museums in Paris. The illustrations are charming and evocative. I have given this book to friends traveling to Pari...

  • Jessica

    A delightfully whimsical book about overlooked delightfully whimsical museums. I was especially fond of the lovely, delicate drawings the accompanied the entries, they definitely added atmosphere and ...

  • Adriane

    Charming collection of the lesser known museums of Paris. Beautiful watercolour illustrations. Can’t wait to read it again when I’m closer to another trip to Paris. ...

  • Johanna

    I would have given it 5 stars if the maps were better or if there was a larger map at the beginning that showed all the museums or smaller maps of different regions. Basically just more maps....