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Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police de Paris

Even though the London's Metropolitan Police have a museum, this is not open to the public, but the Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police de Paris is the Paris Police Museum, which is situated in one of the Paris police stations and you will be pleased to know that this open to the public for all to visit.

You will be able to see some of the old police uniforms and weapons that were used in fighting crime, through to the evidence from famous criminal cases and historical events of conspiracy, murder and arrests and thefts that have taken place in Paris over the years. 

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Préfecture de Police de Paris

Situated on the second floor the first thing you will get to see is the well used firing squad post that dates from World War II and then gradually you work your way around going back further into the past where you will come across death warrants and extremely sharp yet well used guillotine blade.

There are waxworks of policemen in uniform along with models that show how the guillotines worked and drawings of different machines used in the 19th century for law and order.

The Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police de Paris is situated in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris and you will be able to view the police notes on the arrest of Charlotte Corday in the July of 1793 after she assassinated Jean-Paul Marat in his bathtub.

There is a ledger that records the events of the poetic lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud's who had a very public argument in 1873 that left Rimbaud shot in the wrist and Verlaine arrested and put in jail and numerous other artefacts from famous criminal trials and mementos from criminals like Ravaillac who stabbed King Henri IV

Also included in this museum is the train ticket that led to the conviction of Henri Landru, who was one of most infamous mass murderers in France.  He was brought to justice after repeatedly purchasing a return train fair for himself, but only a single for his victims and eventually after being found guilty was sentenced to death by the guillotine in 1922.

The fascinating and somewhat gruesome collection ends with a display of German weapons and Jewish stars from the wartime occupation, along with a collection of the instruments of violence and murder, from knuckle-dusters and rolling pins to knives and guns.

The Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police de Paris is open to the public from 9am through to 5pm on a Monday to Friday and from 10:30am to 5:30pm on a Saturday, but is closed on a Sunday.

There is a car park, bus park, information available in different languages, although a lot of the documentation is only in French and photography is allowed, if of course you wish to have a permanent reminder!

Admission is free, but it is asked that you make a donation and the nearest metro stop is the Maubert-Mutualité.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police de Paris
1 Bis, Rue des Carmes

Telephone: 1 44 41 52 50

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