You probably didn’t know that Paris has a museum all about the postal service, and you may well think that it sounds like the most boring place on earth, but you’d be wrong.
After being closed for six years (six years!) of remodelling, the Musée de la Poste, not far from our hotels, has just reopened, fully renovated, rejuvenated and reinvigorated for the 21st century (thanks to the Jung Architecture agency) with a brand new presentation of the permanent collection and – finally – proper wheelchair access!
The building that houses the Musée de la Poste has a multi-storied 1970s sculptured façade by Robert Juvin, and this hasn’t been radically changed (just ‘refreshed’ apparently). However, inside the building, everything is new.
On the ground floor you’ll find the space used for temporary exhibitions. At the moment (and until 23rd March 2020) there’s one about the museum’s rich and vast collection, called Le Musée sort de sa réserve, with over 300 objects and documents.
More info about that (in French) here.
As for the permanent collection, the visit starts on the fourth floor, showing how the French postal service and has always used quicker and more advanced means of transport (including drones!)
Down on the third floor you’ll learn all about the importance of the women and men who work(ed) for the post office, and the second floor is all about the (often beautiful) design of stamps over the years.
The visit of the permanent collection ends, inevitably, through the museum’s gift shop on the first floor.
The building also houses a 118-seat auditorium on the seventh floor, there’s a ressource centre for researches and iconographers, guided visits are available (some in sign language), there’s a ‘multimedia guide’ in English and French… So modern!
French-speakers will find the full winter 2019 / spring 2020 programme at the bottom of this article.
The Musée de la Poste (here) is open every day except Tuesdays from 11am-6pm (9pm Thursdays)
Admission: 10€ / 7€ (includes the temporary exhibition exposition temporaire and permanent collection). Free for under-18s
To check out the full programme for the coming months, simply click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.