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Musée Grévin, Paris wax museum

The Musée Grévin or wax museum in Paris is one of the most popular attractions for visitors, who love to take pictures of themselves with the 400 statues of famous people.

Located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, in the heart of the Opera district, the Grévin Museum exhibits more than 400 wax statues impressively depicting famous, historical, real or imaginary characters, each in their own context.

The Paris Wax Museum was born in 1882 from the brilliant idea of journalist Arthur Meyer, founder of the famous newspaper Le Gaulois. At a time in history when the use of photographs in newspapers was still sporadic, the journalist had the intuition of depicting the personalities described in the articles of his newspaper in a three-dimensional version, thus giving a face to the characters who made the news.

To realise this ambitious project, the journalist turned to the cartoonist, set and costume designer for the theatre Alfred Grévin. In the wake and along the lines of the Marie Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, Grévin put all his creativity into the realisation of this unusual attraction: it was an absolute success. In a short time, the museum became so famous that it obtained major funding, which allowed the project to be expanded and enlarged, with the addition of the Grevin Theatre and the Hall of Mirrors, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900.

Still today, after more than 100 years, this magical and fascinating place seduces and entertains generations of visitors from all over the world.

Things to do at the Wax Museum

Your visit to the museum begins in the incredible Hall of Mirrors, where you will be catapulted into a play of light and illusions.

It continues with the discovery of the more than 400 wax statues, divided into 11 thematic areas, which will take you on a real journey through time and the present day.

At the end of the visit, we also recommend you visit Le Parcours Découverte de Grévin, an area dedicated to all the secrets of wax statue making. Think that sculptors work all year round to plan the creation of new statues. More than 15 different professions are needed to make a single statue: sculptor, modeller, make-up artist, dental technician, costume designer, to name but a few. During the visit you will discover in detail all the steps of creation: from wax casts to make-up, from wigs made from natural hair to the choice of clothes and accessories.

Idols of music

From legendary French singers to international pop stars. A wide range of artists awaits you, ready to amaze you and light up your selfie.

Let yourself be seduced by the world of music, from past talents such as Edith Piaf to up-and-coming celebrities who will blow the minds of youngsters like Katy Perry.

Sports legends

Footballers, pole vaulters, judokas: here you will find athletes from all disciplines. Find wax statues of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tony Parker and Teddy Riner for an unmissable photograph with your favourite champions.

The world of politics

Heads of state, royalty and men of faith: you can meet the world’s great leaders, get up close and personal with Pope John Paul II, Charles de Gaulle and Joe Biden, or smile with French President Macron and Queen Elizabeth.

The new stars

This section is dedicated to the new personalities of the Grévin Museum: a special jury was created in 2001 to choose and elect the personalities who will have the honour of being shown in the museum.

The kings of comedy

Whether on stage, on television or in the cinema, the crème de la crème of comedians is at the Grévin. Statues of Kev Adams, Louis de Funès or Omar Sy await you in a place dedicated to laughter and emotion.

Figures from history

Here you can admire kings, men of letters, scientists, emperors who have marked history. Meet the great figures of history such as Louis IVX, Madame de Pompadour, Albert Einstein and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Stars of the small screen

Presenters, commentators, actors: the figures of French television can be found here. Observe the wax statues of Mimie Mathy, Stéphane Bern or Michel Drucker.

Film stars

Here you can meet the great Hollywood stars, legendary French actors and Bollywood icons: from Penelope Cruz to Leonardo di Caprio, from Omar Sy to Marilyn Monroe.

The Great Chefs

Whether their cuisine is sweet, savoury, modern or traditional, you will be left speechless by the wax statues of Paul Bocuse, Pierre Hermé or Alain Ducasse that await you at the Grévin Museum.

Fashion icons

Catwalk stars or established stylists, designers, models and dream outfits make the Grévin Museum a must for fashion addicts and fans of the big names in fashion.

Heroes of the imagination

Children will go crazy in front of their favourite animated characters, action heroes or cult films such as Lady Bug or the Little Prince.

The new sections

The wax museum in Paris has gone beyond the static statues and inaugurated some sections in which the visitor becomes a protagonist and actively participates by putting himself to the test, thanks to the use of new technologies.

Relive the highlights of French history

Here you can paint in the Cave of Homo Sapiens, fight alongside Vercingetorix, participate in the Council of War with Bonaparte or parade in Paris with General de Gaulle.

Explore imaginary worlds with children’s favourite heroes

Your children can leap over the rooftops of Paris with Ladybug and Chat Noir, visit the planet of the Little Prince, go in search of hazelnuts with Scrat.

Meet the stars of the jet set and

Walking the red carpet alongside the biggest stars of French and international cinema is a dream of many. At the Grévinsi, it becomes possible.

In this unique place, the flashes are just for you and you can even take part in a TV interview with Léa Salamé and sit on the sets for unique experiences.

Put yourself in the shoes of a coach

Experience action with Messi, dribble with Ronaldo or team up with world champion Kylian Mbappé. The Grévin Museum will make you experience the thrills of football and invites you to meet the world’s greatest athletes who will put you through your paces.

Record a new music single

Discover the backstage of a recording studio and be guided by Maitre Gims and Mick Jagger under the watchful eye of Johnny Hallyday.

Think you’re the star of tomorrow? Don’t hesitate to get on The Voice set with your favourite coaches. The microphone, the chairs, the stage are waiting for you.

Visiting tips

Buy tickets in advance

The Wax Museum in Paris is one of the capital’s most popular attractions and long queues often form at the entrance. This is why we advise you to book skip-the-line tickets in advance, which will allow you not to lose too much time.

Plan your visit in advance

The duration of the visit is around two hours, not counting all the breaks for photographs and new interactive experiences that the museum offers.

We recommend that you only dwell on the characters that interest you and not waste time on the lesser-known ones (such as the lesser-known French cultural scene). Start with the sections that are most important to you and the statues of the characters you absolutely want to take a selfie with. This strategy will allow you to optimise the time of your visit and not miss a souvenir photo.

Smartphone and camera

It is essential to arrive at the museum with a smartphone and a camera with a fully charged battery, because you will take a disproportionate number of photos at the museum.

So remember to arrive with fully charged batteries or take a spare power bank with you. It would be a shame not to take advantage of your visit to take photos with the wax statues or not to be able to take more halfway through your visit.

How to get there

The Musée Grévin is located in the heart of the capital, less than a 10-minute walk from the Grands Magasins and the Opéra Garnier. It is therefore very easy to reach by public transport.

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Useful information

Address

10 Bd Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France

Contacts

TEL: +33 1 47 70 85 05

Timetables

  • Monday: 10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM  -  7:00 PM

Transports

Metro stops

  • Grands Boulevards (111 mt)
  • Bourse (337 mt)
  • Opera (739 mt)

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