The Musée en herbe is a quirky Parisian art museum designed for children from ages 2 to 12. The exhibits are interactive, fun (pop art, street art, etc.), and designed to provide children with a positive museum experience. You can also sign your kids up for a related workshop (1hr) after the tour.
Kids’ rating: Fun! We enjoyed the pop art workshop, where we made an album cover (stencil and glue), decorated guitar cutouts (glue, stickers, crayons), a musical note (tinfoil and playdough) and other stuff we can no longer remember. The museum was cool – especially because we got to wear cow suits during the tour.
Dad’s rating: Good rainy day activity. The main drawback is that you can’t go into the exhibit by yourself (you have to reserve in advance), which means you have to plan everything out ahead of time. It’s also slightly pricey–but, then again, everyone did have a good time and was proud to show off their artwork to mom after dinner.
What you need to know: Visits are by reservation only. For tours in English, try to schedule at least a day in advance. Kids are divided into two age groups, 2-5 and 5-12.
Practical info: 21 rue Herold (1st arrondissement); tel: 01 40 67 97 66; hours: 10 to 7 daily; metro: Châtelet-Les Halles; map
The previous location in the Jardin d’Acclimatation has now closed.
Exhibit: Kids (2-5): €6; Kids (5-12): €10; Adults €6
Workshop: €10 per child