Arts-et-Métiers Subway Station

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Among the few Paris subway stations that are worth the look, this one, part of line 11, has been redecorated in 1994 by François Schuiten, the belgian comic book artist responsible for "Les Cités Obscures" (published in English as "Cities of the Fantastic"). One is under the impression of being in a submarine.

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  • The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) - Founded par Abbot Gregoire in the XIXth century, it has a gorgeous library and lecture hall located in a former gothic refectory of a benedictine priory. Since 1851, the place is an essentially scientific library one cannot visit but it's certainly manageable to get a quick look if properly asked.
  • The Musée des Arts et Métiers - Located at 60, Réaumur street (phone : 01 53 01 82 00), it is the Conservatoire's museum. It features many scientific instruments, Lavoisier's laboratory (Lavoisier, who went to the guillotine in 1794, was the father of modern chemistry), the Automaton Theater, an original version of the Foucault pendulum, or the peculiar "Avion III", by Clément Ader : a kind of bat-like airplane.
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