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.
Le Musée des vampires
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