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Grévin Museum: photos, description (Musee Grevin)

The musée grévin is a wax Museum on Boulevard Montmartre, the most famous in the world after Madame Tussauds.

The idea of the Museum came up to Arthur Meyer in 1881. Meyer is an interesting figure in the history of France of the XIX century. The grandson of a Rabbi, a boy from a modest Jewish family, became a royalist, a Catholic, antidreyfusard, one of the key characters of the Third French Republic. Fought a duel, fought for the return of the monarchy, had a bourgeois newspaper Le Gaulois and opened the wax Museum. That newspaper told him the idea of the Museum - Meyer decided that readers will be interested to see how look those who write daily on the front page. (Then the printing equipment is not allowed to print the photos).

To bring the idea to life Meyer was invited by Alfred Greven. Cartoonist, sculptor and designer of theatrical costumes Greven come to grips with the manufacturing of wax figures. In the end, the Museum began to bear his name. The school was opened in 1882 - and it was a success! In 1883, a well-known investor Thomas Gabriel invested in the Museum of money, which helped him to expand and enriched the interiors of new valuable features. Thus arose the Grevin theatre and the Palace of mirages (hall, where through a system of mirrors, like a kaleidoscope show; entertainment was invented for the universal exhibition of 1900).

Now the Museum continues the work of three founding fathers - this shows the audience the faces of celebrities. Surprisingly, in the age of the Internet people enjoy looking at wax figures and take pictures with them. In the ten halls of the Museum are about 500 figures depicting famous people and fictional characters: Mozart, Aznavour, Rostropovich, Picasso, Napoleon, Nostradamus, Einstein, Esmeralda, Lara Croft, spider-Man... Part of the exhibition presents key moments in the history of France: death of Roland, the burning of Joan of Arc, the murder of Marat, and the like dramatic scenes. They say you can confuse a visitor with a wax figure, but it's a very dubious assertion. Although the production of wax mannequins is a laborious and long process, they look not alive.