Musée Grévin

Musée Grévin
Façade of the Musée Grévin
Established1882; 142 years ago (1882)
LocationRue de Lille 75343 Paris, France
TypeWax museum
Entrance from Passage Jouffroy

The Musée Grévin (French: [myze ɡʁevɛ̃]; Euronext: GREV) (English: Grévin Museum) is a wax museum located on the Grands Boulevards in the 9th arrondissement of Paris on the right bank of the Seine. The Musée Grévin also has a location in Seoul. Musée Grévin Montreal opened in 2013, and closed in 2021.[1]


The museum was founded in 1882 by Arthur Meyer, a journalist for Le Gaulois, on the model of Madame Tussauds founded in London in 1835,[2] and named for its first artistic director, caricaturist Alfred Grévin. It is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe. Its baroque architecture includes a hall of mirrors based on the principle of a catoptric cistula[3] in 2018, a young American author, composer, interpreter and designer, Krysle Lip was in charge of the artistic and esthetical transformation of the Hall of Mirrors [3] The hall of mirrors was built for the Exposition Universelle in 1900.[4] It was originally housed in the Palais des mirages designed by Eugène Hénard.[5]


The Musée Grévin now contains some 450 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life, including a panorama of French history from Charlemagne to Napoleon III and bloody scenes of the French Revolution, with the original wax figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessing their technical evolution. By contrast, the more contemporaneous movie stars, athletes, and international figures such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Shah Rukh Khan, Pablo Picasso, Michael Jackson, Josephine Baker and Pope John Paul II use the modern techniques of modeling. The tableau of Charlotte Corday murdering Jean-Paul Marat created in 1889 includes the actual knife and bathtub used.

New wax characters are regularly added to the Museum among more than 2000 made since it opened. They include Zinedine Zidane, Jean Reno, Monica Bellucci, Jean Dujardin, Isabelle Adjani[4] and Nolwenn Leroy.[6]

Bollywood celebrities whose wax has been added include Shah Rukh Khan,[7] Aishwarya Rai[8] and Ranveer Singh.[9]

Grévin Seoul (2015)

See also


  1. ^ "Grévin Museum in Montreal permanently closes - Montreal |". Global News. Retrieved 2023-06-20.
  2. ^ "Grevin Wax Museum in Paris". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  3. ^ a b "The Hall of mirrors".
  4. ^ a b Blackmore, Ruth (2012). The Rough Guide to Paris. London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 978-1405386951.
  5. ^ "Passages et Galeries - 1ère partie". Sur les toits de paris. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  6. ^ "Nolwenn Leroy" (in French). Musée Grévin. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  7. ^ "Now, Shah Rukh's wax statue in Paris". Hindustan Times. March 8, 2008.
  8. ^ "First Look: Aishwarya's wax statue in Europe's oldest museum". India Today. July 14, 2013.
  9. ^ Verma, Abhinav (July 7, 2017). "The Internet thinks that Ranveer Singh's wax statue looks more like Shiamak Davar". Hindustan Times.
  10. ^ (fr) Musée des moulages dermatologiques de l'hôpital Saint-Louis, site
  11. ^ (fr) Musée des moulages dermatologiques de l'hôpital Saint-Louis, site hô

External links

  • Media related to Musée Grévin at Wikimedia Commons
  • Musée Grévin official site (in French, English, and Spanish)
  • Grévin Montréal official site (in French and English)
  • Wireimage gallery
  • "France's Past Cast in Wax", The New York Times, November 8, 1987

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