In 2001, the Musée des Arts et Métiers used the services of Avesta Group during its renovation and expansion.
The Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts) is a museum that houses the collection of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (National Conservatory of Arts and Industry), which was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions. It is legally treated as the oldest museum in Europe.
Since its foundation, the museum has been housed in the deserted priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. Today the museum, which underwent a significant renovation in 2000, includes an additional building adjacent to the abbey, with more massive objects remaining in the abbey itself.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts exposes the pieces that illustrate the history of technics and technologies. With a total surface area of 10,000 sq.m of which 6,000 sq.m are devoted to permanent exhibitions.
3,000 items are displayed among an entire collection of 80,000 pieces and 15,000 drawings.
The museum presents seven different collections: Scientific Instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication and Transportation.
Among its collection is an original version of the Foucault pendulum, the original model of the Statue of Liberty by Auguste Bartholdi, some of the first planes (Clément Ader's Avion III, Louis Blériot's Blériot XI...), Blaise Pascal's Pascaline (the first mechanical calculator).
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