I posted a few pics from yesterday's visit to this fabulous museum in the dropbox -- files are named a&mXXXXXX, a&m.txt is a short description. This is the French equivalent of the Smithsonian Arts and Industry museum, with a bit of Air and Space and various maritime museums tossed in for fun.
Definitely a must-see for r.c.m denizens who find themselves in Paris for more than a day (please let's not start any off-topic threads on France or the French, thanks!)
The pictures are only a few highlights of an entire afternoon at the museum, topped off by live demonstrations of some of their "automats"
-- 18th and 19th century mechanical automatons, some of which are astounding. The Museum has one of the finest collections in the world. Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pics during the demo, so no "automat" pics in the dropbox. You'll just have to visit.
My other favorite, aside from the machinery hall, was the re-creation of Lavoisier's lab, complete with his original equipment and instruments. AND a video of the museum staff running his historic hydrogen and oxygen recombination experiment, using the original equipment. To a one-time chem student, that was awesome!
Anyway, if you get the idea I loved the museum, you are right. Don't miss it, if you get the chance. The pictures I did post are just a teaser for the rest of the museum.