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
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