Grevin Museum Paris
Grevin Museum Paris
Paris wax museum
Grevin Museum Paris
Fancy taking a selfie with the President, Madonna or Ronaldo? Well, here you can do just that. But don’t get too excited because the wax celebrities have all the same security and crowds of fans as the real deal! The museum’s 12 areas include sport, music, The Voice, French history and children’s heroes. There really is something for everyone here!
Monday – Friday,
10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays,
9.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Open-Time Ticket for 26 Euro
This is a waxwork museum like no other. It’s located in a Parisian town house, where the baroque design features are creatively contrasted with state-of-the-art multimedia technology. The perfect backdrop for over 200 stars across 12 themed areas!
You’ll need to be patient if you want to pose for photos with the stars. Everyone has the same idea! And remember that the museum is in France, so it’s home to lots of French celebrities you might not even recognise... It doesn’t help that the price is not exactly reasonable.
There is an app (Grévin Paris) that’s available in English! Download it for a handy interactive map, information on the celebrities you’ll meet at the museum and little games...
Last Modified: 03.02.2023 | Céline & Anne
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at a glance
EUR 26 for adults
EUR 19 for children between 5 and 18 years
EUR 22 for seniors, pupils, students
EUR 19 for adults
EUR 16.50 for children between 5 and 18 years
free admission for children under 5 years
Wednesdays: Half-price admission!show less
What is there
There was already a queue of people heading up the stairs when we stepped inside the fancy mirrored entrance area. Why the hold-up? Luckily, we only had to wait a few minutes to be let into the ‘Palace of Illusions’. Let the show begin! A show that has been delighting visitors since the 1900 Paris Exposition. Back then, 2500 light bulbs (newly invented in 1879) were arranged artistically to look like 70,000 in the Hall of Mirrors. It’s still an impressive sight, especially now that it’s been upgraded with modern multimedia technology.
Time to step onto the red carpet and visit some VIPs! A Hollywood contingent awaits, with Penelope Cruz, Ryan Gosling and Angelina Jolie on hand to give you a warm welcome. The newest addition to the museum is always introduced at this point – complete with video.
The museum is divided into 12 areas, covering everything from sport, music and The Voice to French history and the Élysée Palace. There’s even one area dedicated to imaginary worlds, where children can meet their heroes.
From here, we went through the Theatre, where you can still catch a show, and into the Magic Box. We got stuck into lots of interactive activities at this point! A magician made us float, trick pictures confused our senses and our heads were used as cake decorations! This room reminded us of the Museum of Illusions – check that one out too!
We joined Gérard Depardieu for a glass of wine in a literary café, before heading off to meet some world leaders.
We bumped into the Pope and Angela Merkel on our way to the Élysée Palace. Justin Trudeau, Joe Biden and the Queen were waiting for us around the corner. And then we saw Emmanuel Macron ready and waiting to address the nation from his desk. We quickly stopped for a photo with him before the cameras started flashing.
One of the museum’s areas is even dedicated to French chefs. After all, as the Julia Child quote on the wall reminded us: “In France cooking is a serious art form and a national sport”.
We recommend that you hold onto your hat at this point if you’re a history buff. We stepped into a time machine and, waving at Nostradamus and Albert Einstein along the way, ended up back in the Stone Age in the basement. Heading through a cloister, we passed by royalty and found ourselves in Versailles, right in the middle of the French Revolution. Beware – this isn’t for the faint-hearted! Joan of Arc is being burnt at the stake and you’re surrounded by murder and death.
Boy, were we happy to see some art icons up next. It wouldn’t be a wax museum without Picasso! And he’s joined by Dalí and Van Gogh here too.
After that journey back in time, things take a digital turn now. Comic and cartoon characters live in this imaginary world. The squirrel from the Ice Age movies is a firm favourite with kids and their parents!
Next, we found ourselves back in the world of sport. In this huge area, we were most tempted to take selfies with the footballing legends (Ronaldo, Messi, Ibrahimović and more). The big kids among you might fancy a photo with Pelé!
We followed in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and entered the music area. Madonna was waiting for us there and we had a feeling we’d be seeing French musical legend Edith Piaf around here somewhere. If you feel like getting involved again, you’ll enjoy the dance floor and karaoke station. Michael Jackson is one of the stars of the show with two wax statues together.
Perhaps the most impressive room in the whole museum is set aside for fashion and film stars. The lighting is spot on, but it’s a shame about the techno music…
French fashion designers and models aplenty (think Christian Dior and Coco Chanel) stand alongside foreign stunners like Cara Delevigne and Naomi Campbell.
These fashionistas share the space with David Bowie, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis and George Clooney. Camera phones at the ready?
Barack Obama is at this particular party too, relegated to the celebrity area now that Biden has taken his spot alongside the other politicians.
We couldn’t help but notice the difference in quality between the figures.
The John Lennon and Mike Jagger statues are so lifelike that it’s hard to believe they’re made of wax. Meanwhile, others like Madonna and Macron are very clearly poor imitations. It’s such a shame that the quality isn’t consistent across the board. One minute your jaw is dropping in amazement, but that very soon turns to disappointment when you move onto the next figure. This is the reason we dropped our score slightly.
A bit of History
This museum has been around for a very long time. Ever since 5 June 1882, to be precise. The original idea can be traced back to journalist Artur Meyer, who wanted people to be able to see the famous people he was writing about on the front page of his newspaper (remember that photos weren’t all that common in newspapers back then). He took on Alfred Grévin, a cartoonist, costume designer and sculptor, as his creative lead. And the museum ended up being named after him. It was fully funded by Gabriel Thomas, who also played a part in the construction of the Eiffel Tower.
The museum underwent a full refurbishment in 2006, when modern technology was blended seamlessly into the historic setting.
Official website of the Musée Grevin (FR, EN): www.grevin-paris.com
Text and image rights: © Céline Mülich, 2022 – 2023
With the support of Anne Okolowitz