Not many tourists and visitors may know that in the heart of Paris, just off the Seine, you can find the small but charming Air France Museum.
Air France is Fence’s national airline and has always been hailed as one of the best airlines in Europe. They used to fly the Concorde together with their British counterparts at British Airways. There even was a direct link between Paris and Bournemouth!
Do not get me wrong! The Air France Museum definitely is not for everyone. Although incredibly detailed and very interesting, I do think you need to be especially interested in airplanes to truly enjoy this museum.
The Air France Museum mainly showcases objects such as posters, marketing materials, models and toys that were commissioned by Air France.
The museum does a very good job at chronologically introducing these objects and materials, allowing the visitors to see a distinct difference in the way air travel was portrayed, marketed and perceived.
You can take a virtual tour of the Air France museum on their website. I have not been able to get it to work yet.
Is the Air France Museum worth a visit? Yes and no. I think that, if you are interested in air travel this museum is a great opportunity to geek out. I would not necessarily, however, put the Air France Museum on my to do list during a little weekend break in Paris.
If you are someone who often visits the French capital and have basically visited all the big museums, you might want to hop in just to tick it off your list.
I find this museum especially interesting because – as mentioned above – the fact that they demonstrate the differences in how air travel is perceived and portrayed through objects, models and marketing materials. As a history buff and a marketer, this is extremely interesting for me.
If you are into vintage posters you might want to take a look in the museum and visit the museum shop. The shop sells beautiful reproductions of vintage Air France posters.
Air France Museum Opening Hours
The Air France Museum is open on week days from 1pm to 5pm. It is located at 2 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie in a typical Parisian yellow-stone building.
Other attractions near the Air France Museum
- Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
- Sewers Museum
- American Church in Paris
- Lavirotte Building
- Les Invalides
- Napoléon’s Tomb
- Rodin Museum
- Musée Maillol
- Sainte-Clotilde, Paris
- Palais Bourbon
- Musée d’Orsay
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Carrousel Arc de Triomphe
- Tuileries Garden
- Grand Palais
- Élysée Palace