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
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.
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