The world's only 'vampirologist' opens his personal museum of gory paraphernalia to the public.
For goosebumps and chills, one of the best places to come is Paris's (and the world’s) only vampire museum, which is nestled down a suitably gloomy alleyway near Porte des Lilas on the edge of the city. Run by eccentric, self-proclaimed ‘vampirologist’ Jacques Sirgent (an English teacher and Bram Stoker translator by day), you’ll find all sorts of odd objects and trinkets inside the museum (just one, packed room, with a large, gothic-style garden). All obtained second-hand by the wacky collector himself either online, at Montreuil flea markets or in graveyards, the museum’s standout pieces include an authentic anti-vampire protection kit from the 19th century, a mummified cat, various masks and a crossbow to fend off the bloodsuckers. Even if you’re not as passionate about vampires as Sirgent (admittedly, this is unlikely), Le Musée des Vampires is a great excuse for a half creepy, half funny evening out. As it's a private museum, book your visit in advance via the website.
|Venue name:||Le Musée des vampires|
14 rue Jules David
|Opening hours:||By reservation only, 12.30am-8pm (groups of 10 max)|
|Transport:||Metro: Porte des Lilas|