The summer is drawing to a close, but it's not too late to have fun and enjoy some unusual experiences in Paris. This month your Hotel du Continent invites you to meet inventors, some a little crazy or offbeat, and others undeniably brilliant, and their inventions. Don’t miss the exhibition called Le Concours Lépine at the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts).


The Concours Lépine; rewarding the spirit of invention

The famous Concours Lépine, a contest that is still held during the Foire de Paris trade show, was born in the Paris of the Belle Epoque in 1901. The Prefect of Police at the time was Louis Lépine, who decided to regulate and protect the creation and sale of trinkets and toys by organising an exhibition at which everyone could present their works. A competition was born. Over the years, it evolved away from toys towards inventions for everyday use. Many of these, such as the coffee grinder, vacuum cleaner and contact lenses, became part of the fabric of our lives. Today the competition remains open to all, no professional qualifications required.


The exhibition

The Musée des Arts et Métiers is honouring the genius of these pioneers and innovators who toiled away in their workshops developing ideas for bettering our lives. Some found success while others faded into obscurity. The inventions and their creators are showcased in a series of stunning black and white photographs from the collection of the Gamma-Rapho agency that evoke a bygone era. The exhibition runs until October 13th, every day except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 21:30 on Thursdays.

Your Hotel du Continent invites you to discover Parisian exhibitions that are more low-key and intimate, but still exciting, like this one dedicated to the Concours Lépine.



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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Photo credit : ©Keystone-France/GAMMA RAPHO


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