The History and Culture of TV from a French Perspective

The History and Culture of TV from a French Perspective

The history of TV is being explored at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, a museum dedicated to innovations in science, engineering and technology. An exhibition called ‘Culture TV’ runs from June 3, 2014 until March 8, 2015. It reveals the evolution of the television set and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how television shows are created.

Presenting documents, cathodic tubes and other artifacts from days gone by, the museum illustrates how the original TV sets came to be. Then, it shows how technology developed over the years until it arrived at today’s ultra high definition screens.

However, it is not just the technology that is demonstrated at the ‘Culture TV’ exhibit. Visitors can also see examples of French TV shows throughout the decades. In this way, an interesting facet of French culture is on display. A screening room shows 80 years of French TV that visitors can sit down and watch. Visitors can even enter the set of a TV weather broadcast and play the role of an onscreen weatherperson.

Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can check out the temporary exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers during their stay in Paris. Tickets cost €5.50 for adults and €3.50 for students and those under 18. Kids under 5 get in for free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. There is sometimes a line to get into the most popular exhibits, so visitors should plan accordingly.

In addition to the temporary exhibit, the Musée des Arts et Métiers features an impressive permanent collection that is both educational and intriguing. Tickets for the permanent collection are purchased separately, but if visitors have the time and the inclination, it is definitely worth it to check out both parts of the museum.