Today is the last day of the annual Journées du Patrimoine, during which buildings important to French heritage are open to the public, free. Planning for this event, we always consult Invisible Paris, a blog deeply knowledgable about both history and architecture in the City of Light. Here’s one of its many great recommendations.
The Musée des Moulages Dermatologiques
From its origins as a 17th century out of town hospital for plague victims, the Hopital Saint Louis became a specialised institution for infectious and skin diseases. As part of its role as an educator of future doctors, a service was set up to create molds of most of these diseases, working directly from the bodies of the patients. The results, displayed in a rarely accessible museum, are frighteningly life-like and often extremely gruesome. It’s a fascinating collection, but not one for the faint-hearted!