The Musée des Arts et Métiers (The Museum of Arts and Crafts) should be well-known to fans of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum – it is here that the device that first showed how the earth rotates is housed.
But there's so much more to this museum. It's like a mix between an inventor's lab and an explorer's secret hideaway. You can see all kinds of tools and technology from throughout the centuries – making your current technology look even more like a dream from the future!
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is at 60 rue Réaumur in the third arrondissement. It is opened until 9:30pm on Thursdays.
Photo courtesy of Musée des Arts et Métiers.