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Musee Pasteur Museum In Paris

The Pasteur Institute is a French non-profit private foundation that is dedicated to the study of biology, micro-organisms, diseases and vaccines and as you can no doubt guess, was named after Louis Pasteur, who was its founder and first director.

The Institut Pasteur was originally founded in the June of 1887, but it was not actually inaugurated until the November of 1888 and this is where you will find the museum dedicated to Louis Pasteur, who was the scientist that discovered pasteurisation and the techniques needed in which to destroy bacteria in certain types of foods.

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Musee Pasteur Museum In Paris

In fact, over the years, the Institut Pasteur has been responsible for numerous breakthrough discoveries, which have actually enabled medical science to control diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis and the plague.  And there have been eight Pasteur Institute scientists awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology since 1908, which in itself is quite a phenomenal achievement.

Louis Pasteur was born in the December of 1822 and it was in 1858 that he set up a laboratory in attics of the Ecole Normale in Paris, but then spent the last few years of his life, where he lived and worked at the place that became the Pasteur Institute.

Louis Pasteur was also the scientist who successfully developed the first anti-rabies vaccine in 1885 and this museum in Paris is installed in the south wing of the Institut Pasteur where he stayed for the last seven years of his life until he died in the September of 1895.

It lets you get a real feel for how he lived and worked, as you will experience his actual vast apartment, that is still unchanged and decorated in the 19th century décor, which consists of about ten rooms.

There is also a room where he had his laboratory that includes a considerable amount of memorabilia that depicts his scientific work, along with scientific the instruments he used and there are approximately 1000 different items on display.

When you visit the Musee Pasteur, the guided tour finishes with the Byzantine style funeral chapel that is the permanent resting-place of Louis Pasteur and it has mosaics illustrating some of his incredible discoveries.

Situated in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris the Pasteur Museum is only open for guided tours, which you must arrange by prior appointment.

This museum is open from 2pm through to 5.30pm every day of the week except for national holidays and during the month of August when it closes completely, but is a fascinating place to remember the scientist that has changed so many things that we rely on today.

Address & Contact Details:

Musee Pasteur
Institut Pasteur 
25 Rue du Docteur Roux

Telephone: 1 45 68 82 83

Musee Pasteur Museum

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