Attractions in Saint-Michel

What to see and do in Saint-Michel

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Musée de la Préfecture de Police

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The police museum is housed in a working commissariat, which makes for a slightly intimidating entry procedure. You need to walk boldly past the police officer standing guard outside and up the steps to the lobby, where you have to ask at the reception booth to be let in - queuing, if necessary, with locals there on other, but usually police-related, errands. The museum is on the second floor;

  1. 4 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 5e
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Musée National du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny

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The national museum of medieval art is best known for the beautiful, allegorical Lady and the Unicorn tapestry cycle, but it also has important collections of medieval sculpture and enamels. There is also a worthy programme of medieval concerts in which troubadours reflect the museum's collection and occasional 45- minute heures musicales in a similar style. The building itself, commonly known

  1. 6 place Paul Painlevé, 5e
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Musée d'Histoire de la Médecine

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The history of medicine is the subject of the medical faculty collection. There are ancient Egyptian embalming tools, a 1960s electrocardiograph and a gruesome array of saws used for amputations. You'll also find the instruments of Dr Antommarchi, who performed the autopsy on Napoleon, and the scalpel of Dr Félix, who operated on Louis XIV.

  1. 12 rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, 6e
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Le Who's Bar

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With Picasso-style frescoes all over the walls and a nightly programme of live pop and rock, this is St-Michel's hippest music bar. Expect live acoustics on weekdays and harder all-round rock at weekends.

  1. 13 rue du Petit Pont, 5e
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Musée de l'Assistance Publique

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The history of Paris hospitals, from the days when they were receptacles for abandoned babies to the dawn of modern medicine, is shown through paintings, prints, and a mock ward and pharmacy.

  1. 47 quai de la Tournelle, 5e
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Sainte-Chapelle

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Devout King Louis IX (St Louis, 1226-70) had a hobby of accumulating holy relics. In the 1240s, he bought what was advertised as the Crown of Thorns, and ordered Pierre de Montreuil to design a shrine. The result was Sainte-Chapelle. With 15m (49ft) windows, the upper level appears to consist almost entirely of stained glass. The windows depict hundreds of scenes from the Old and New Testaments,

  1. 6 boulevard du Palais, 1er
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Institut du Monde Arabe

A clever blend of high-tech and Arab influences, this Seine-side grand projet was constructed between 1980 and 1987 to a design by Jean Nouvel. Shuttered windows, inspired by the screens of Moorish palaces, act as camera apertures, contracting or expanding according to the amount of sunlight; the striking design looks fresher than ever after a three-year, €5 million revamp completed in 2012.

  1. 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 5e
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