"Museum of Medicine History" Musée d?Histoire de la Médecine Tip by kokoryko

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A small beautiful interesting museum
Enter the medical school rue de l?Ecole de Médecine and learn about Medicine history; it is still an ?active? university, and students are chatting near a coffee machine at the entrance, other read, sitting on the floor, some walk up the stairs to the library. . . . . The old universities, still alive, have really more charm then the modern concrete blocks! Heading for the museum, you pass by a gallery of busts (picture 2) in the main hall, where you see the directions for the places where science is communicated to the youngsters, and at the feet of the monumental staircase you meet (main picture) ?Nature unveiling her charms to science? (my interpretation and translation; in fact: ?Nature unveiling to Science?, I just added the charms), a beautiful marble statue; you have to walk up to the third floor to reach the museum; on the way, you meet the immense naturalist and palaeontologist Georges Cuvier holding a piece of a saw fish rostrum (picture 3), pass by paintings representing great French surgeons or medics (like Laennec), and a famous painting representing Charcot making a conference about hypnosis and neurology. At he last level, before entering the museum at tribute to Arab Medicine can be seen in that naïve sober painting (picture 4). You have to push the door for entering the museum, and you just are amazed by the beautiful hall lit from the glass roof (picture 5), and get prepared to have a little insight in Medicine History.
The School of Medicine has been built under King Louis XV, by Jacques Gondouin, in the ?classical? style of the time, with monumental columns, high halls, not many friezes or low reliefs, and it is interesting to look at this building from the street, too. The central yard, with a statue of Bichat, another great French medic, is like the gravity centre of the building.

P.S. If you enter the library on the first floor (I could not. . . . need a student ID, ) but it may be difficult, there is a painting of Dr Gachet by Van Gogh. . . . . Try it, it could be worth!
The excellent website (in French, unfortunately) is really worth a visit, too!
While visiting the Quartier Latin (former student area of Paris), you may certainly walk along rue des Ecoles parallel to Boulevard St Germain, and crossing Boulevard St Michel you arrive at Rue de l?Ecole de Médecine
Entrance 3.50 Euros, Students, 2.50 Euros
Open: Oct. 1st to July15th: 2pm-5.30pm, closed Thursday and Sunday and public holidays (Winter).
July 15 to Sept 30th 2.pm-5.30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday and public holidays (Summer).
Closed from Dec. 22nd to first Sunday of January.

Address: 12, rue de l'Ecole de Médecine - 75006 Paris
Directions: Metro Odeon
Phone: 01 40 46 16 93
Website: http://www.bium.univ-paris5.fr/musee/

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2008
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