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Musee des Plans-Reliefs Reviews
When you go to see Napoleon's Tomb, take the time to see the military museum and the Musee des Plans-Reliefs just behind. Signage isn't great, but it is in the back to the right of the courtyard. more »
Ce jour-là, je me suis rendu aux Invalides juste pour voir ce musée qui, depuis longtemps, m'intriguait. Passionné de géographie et de cartographie, il fallait que je découvre les plan-reliefs ! Et le... more »That day, I went to Les Invalides just to see this museum that had been intrigued by me for a long time. Passionate about geography and mapping, I had to discover the plan-reliefs! And the pieces on offer are really beautiful! I was amazed at the gigandism of the models and the level of detail. Don't forget, at the entrance, to take the small booklet that explains the technical terms used in the descriptions of the models. Unless Vauban's military architecture has no secrets for you! "Jewels" of this collection (and yet, piece apart ...) Mont-Saint-Michel has a special treatment with, in addition to the model, numerous engravings and plans of the place. Through a video, we can learn in detail the history of the Mont as well as that of the model. Surprising on the other hand, while the video dates from 2018, the pixelation of the 3D reconstruction of Mont-Saint-Michel that spoils a little. One detail... Small regrets, the very dark side of the room (perhaps for conservation?) It was sometimes difficult for me to read the explanatory texts because light bulbs did not work. Some texts, even, were missing! shame... Too bad also that, without being announced, some models were missing this summer (those of the Channel). Finally, don't forget to go to the exhibition behind the shop (and a little hidden...) It shows the other side of the scene. How to make, to assemble a relief plan. How it can be used to illustrate military school courses. In short, a very interesting supplement but little highlighted ...
The scale and detail of the models is amazing, expansive collection of ~20 scale models of fortified cities.
"Find me," my wife said, "a small, quirky museum." I succeed. Ignoring the other rooms on our ascent of the stairs, we arrived at the Plans-Reliefs and it was everything I'd hoped. Dark, detailed, beautifully designed and minimal (in terms of the exhibit enclosures), and almost completely deserted. I think there was one other couple in there the whole time we looked, enthralled, at these exquisite models. They were designed and realized to leave no detail un-noted, because their defensive purpose required it. There is a sense in these reliefs of how life was actually lived in the 18th and 19th century in rural and urban France. With detailing at the level of hedgerows and farmhouses, one could move around the exhibits and imagine people moving through the landscape. It was a lovely moment of quiet and contemplation during a really delightful visit to Paris. I should note that my wife is an architect, and I share her fascination and enthusiasm for perfectly detailed models, so this choice was perfect for us. Not everyone may find this attention to detail in a calm quiet setting as gripping as we did, but for those who might, I cannot recommend this wonderful museum highly enough.
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