Musée Grévin

Facade of the Musée Grévin.
Entrance from passage Jouffroy

The Musée Grévin (Euronext: GREV) is a wax museum in Paris located on the Grands Boulevards in the 9th arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine, at 10, Boulevard Montmartre, Paris, France. It is open daily; an admission fee is charged.


The museum was founded in 1882 by Arthur Meyer, a journalist for Le Gaulois, and named for its first artistic director, caricaturist Alfred Grévin. It is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe. Its baroque architecture includes a hall of mirrors based on the principle of a catoptric cistula and a theater for magic shows. The hall of mirrors was built for the Exposition Universelle in 1900.[1] It was originally housed in the Palais des mirages designed by Eugène Hénard.[2]

Louis Aragon wrote poems under the name of Le Musée Grévin (using the pseudonym of François la Colère), published during the Vichy regime by the Éditions de Minuit underground editor.

The first animated film was shown here from 1894 onwards by Charles-Émile Reynaud.[3]


The Musée Grévin now contains some 450 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life, including a panorama of French history from Charlemagne to Napoleon III, bloody scenes of the French Revolution, movie stars, and international figures such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Shah Rukh Khan, and Pope John Paul II. The tableau of Charlotte Corday murdering Jean-Paul Marat includes the actual knife and bathtub used.

New wax characters are regularly added to the Museum. Figures include Zinedine Zidane, Isabelle Adjani[1] and Nolwenn Leroy.[4]

Grévin Montréal

Grévin Seoul

Main article: Grévin Seoul

See also


  1. 1 2 Blackmore, Ruth (2012). The Rough Guide to Paris. London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 1405386959.
  2. "Passages et Galeries - 1ère partie". Sur les toits de paris. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  3. l’association les Amis d’Émile Reynaud. "Autour d'une cabine ou Mésaventures d'un copurchic aux bains de mer - Émile Reynaud" (in French). Retrieved 2009-12-18.
  4. "Nolwenn Leroy" (in French). Musée Grévin. Retrieved 2015-04-20.

Coordinates: 48°52′18″N 2°20′32″E / 48.87167°N 2.34222°E / 48.87167; 2.34222

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