The Musée Grévin is a waxwork museum, one of the oldest in Europe, named after its first artistic director, caricaturist Alfred Grévin. Its baroque architecture includes a mirrored mirage room and a theatre for magic shows. The museum contains some 450 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life.
The museum presents a panorama of French history from Charlemagne to Napoleon III; bloody scenes of the French Revolution; movie stars; and international figures and celebrities such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Pope John Paul II. The tableau of Charlotte Corday murdering Jean-Paul Marat features the actual knife and bathtub used. New wax characters are regularly added to the museum, recently including Nicolas Sarkozy and basketball player Tony Parker.
Louis Aragon, using the pseudonym of François la Colère, published a book of poetry entitled ‘Le Musée Grévin’ during the Vichy regime. In 1958 Jacques Demy filmed a short documentary about the museum.