There’s more to Paris than the Louvre and co. Just ask illustrator extraordinaire-cum-treasure-hunter Emma Jacobs, who spent months nosing round the City of Light’s weird, wonderful and decidedly niche institutions – from the surreal Musée de la Magie et des Automates and kooky Museum of Counterfeiting to the downright obscure Musée des Années Trente – diligently capturing in vivid watercolours their quirkiest objets d’art, assorted curios, busts, bijoux and the odd rocking horse. Thankfully for us, mademoiselle Jacobs isn’t shy about sharing her finds and insights in The Little(r) Museums of Paris.
Part sketchbook, part carefully-curated IT list, the pocket-sized tome offers not only an alternative guide to the capital’s cultural highlights, with potted histories, choice anecdotes and darling etchings to boot, but a rare peek inside its most prized artists’ studios and historic buildings. A whimsical snapshot of La Ville Lumière’s oft-bypassed museums for the savvy sightseer and armchair traveller alike!
The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Hidden Gems by Emma Jacobs, list price £14, published by Running Press
From France Today magazine
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