Paris and Barcelona are two cities that, even if you haven’t visited them, you know that they will impress you. They are two destinations that host some of the most famous monuments in the world. Certainly, during a trip to these cities you should try to visit the Louvre Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the Orsay Museum. However, we also encourage you to discover the 5 most curious museums in Paris and Barcelona.
Thanks to Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation, it is very easy to travel between these two cities and discover these unusual museums. Have you ever heard of them?
1. The King of magic - Barcelona
A museum that surprises the little ones and impresses seniors - Photos from the Facebook page
Barcelona is a city with a reputation for having many illusionists. One of the best proofs of this can be the museum-theater The King of Magic (C / Princesa 11), that shows the close relationship between the history of the city and that of the arts of magic. Founded in 1881, the establishment is one of the oldest places in the world dedicated to the learning of illusionism, and to the manufacture and sale of objects dedicated to this art. The place still inspires, to this day, many artists, poets, filmmakers, designers, and writers since it has no equal when it comes to awakening the senses and emotions of young people and adults.
2. Museum of Counterfeiting - Paris
The museum's collection ranges from fake prestigious luxury brands to everyday objects
brands - Photos from their website
There is no doubt that the Museum of Counterfeiting is one of the most curious museums in Paris. Despite having more than 60 years of history, it is one of the least known in the city. This place, as its name suggests, is dedicated to the world of counterfeits, from luxury brands to everyday items. The peculiarity of this museum is that they are products supplied by the police and, before being destroyed, they go through it to be showcased.
3. Museum of Curiosity and Magic - Paris
A beautiful palace dedicated to illusionism - photo from its website
The Museum of Curiosity and Magic is not only very striking for adults, but also for children. Within its walls are a number of items linked to magic and illusion, from the 18th century to the present, such as: magic wands, hats, cards, magic boxes, etc. The museum is located in the 4th district of Paris and also offers free magic samples.
4. Museum of Perfume - Barcelona
In the perfume museum, you can find very old pieces - Photos from the Facebook page
If you are passionate about perfumes, this museum located in Passeig de Gràcia, 39 in Barcelona, has a catalog of more than 5000 pieces. In this place, you can see both old and modern bottles of perfume, miniatures, catalogs, labels and all the material used for their promotion. You can also find neat and amazing objects like a tube of eye makeup that was used in ancient Egypt. You can even admire special editions of perfume bottles, conceived by Salvador Dalí.
5. Musée des égouts de Paris
Kilometers to travel through the bowels of the city - Photos from the wikipedia
Another of the most unusual museums in Paris is the Musée des égouts (Sewer Museum), located in the basement of the city. This place offers a singular tour through the sewerage network where you can get to know the history and evolution of this system. The place is quite humid and with a not too pleasant smell, but the visit is sure to be interesting. There is also a gift shop, where you can buy funny souvenirs, like a stuffed rat.
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