Musee de la Prefecture de Police, Paris

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The Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police, also known as the Musée de la Préfecture de Police, is a museum of police history in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.

It is located in the Hôtel de police at 4, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève. The museum is open daily except Sunday; admission is free.

The museum was originally started by prefect Louis Lépine (1846-1933) for the Exposition Universelle (1900), and has gradually grown through subsequent years. It now contains evidence, photographs, letters, memorabilia, and drawings that reflect major events in the history of France (including conspiracies and arrests), famous criminal cases and characters, prisons, and daily life in the capital such as traffic and hygiene. Exhibits include a guillotine, uniforms, the pistol used in the assassination of Paul Doumer, and relics of the World War II occupation including German machine guns and insignias worn by Jews.
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  • The place is interesting and present the Parisian police along the centuries. It is well documented.. The museum is free  more »
  • It is not a typical museum. It is not also particularly breathtaking, but worth a try. A nice guy working there will give you a little explaination about everything if needed.  more »
  • I loved it. At least 1-2 hours to check it out. Some information provided in English. Really interesting if you like history and crime.
  • Excellent display of memorabilia. Very useful for anyone who wants to understand the history of France; and especially how the law enforcement as well as regulatory authorities in Paris have developed. I had a limitation in that I could only read those placards that were displayed in English. For someone with a good understanding of French, there is a wealth of information!
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