Revisiting Paris’s history museum

Voltaire’s surprisingly tacky chair
One of Madame de Sévigné’s famous letters, as well as a scrap of fabric from her burial dress and a tuft of her hair
A 200-or-so-year-old board game featuring the monuments of Paris
The newly renovated museum’s small homage to its early days, including a photograph of Jules Cousin (left)!
One of the doors of the old Hotel de Ville, which was destroyed in a fire set by angry Communards in May 1871.
An alluring glimpse of the museum’s newly renovated gardens
Louis XVII’s lead soldiers are in the small white-fabric-lined box in the left foreground.
One of the many interactive games and activities in the museum, this one lets you design your own French formal garden.
Never have I regretted that my ear piercings closed up more than now….
A sign about the size of the one in Hearts at Dawn…here I am beside it for scale, striking a pose that I did not realize would make it look like I’m missing an arm.
A depiction of a Parisian May Day celebration in what is probably the Place Saint-Gervais, in 1560. Note the street signs that are very much a part of the landscape.
The man in the background helpfully provides a sense of scale.
Marie-Antoinette’s slipper
Leather shoes that once belonged to 15th-century Parisians

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Alysa Salzberg

Alysa Salzberg

is a writer & worrier. She recently published her first novel, “Hearts at Dawn”, a Beauty & the Beast retelling set during the 1870 Siege of Paris.

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