David Crystal has posted about what sounds like a remarkable museum:

Last week I finally managed to get to see the amazing Mundolingua – the language museum in Paris founded by Mark Oremland a couple of years ago. I don’t use the adjective lightly. He has managed to pack into two floors of a small building a remarkable array of pictures, books, artefacts, and interactive facilities relating to language, languages, and linguistics, all presented in a user-friendly and multingual way. […]

The museum is open every day between 10:00 and 19:00, with a modest entrance fee of just a few euros. Don’t rush the visit. There is so much material that a language buff could spend a whole day here – or even two – exploring the collections in detail. The day I was there a group of visitors was sitting around a sociolinguistic exhibit with headphones, happily listening to usages in various languages. Another couple was by the phonetics chart copying the IPA sounds represented there.

I spent some time trying the braille quiz: a chart in front of you gives you all the braille letter codes, and then you place your hands under a cover and feel the message hidden there. I thought it would be easy and found it really challenging.

I hope it sticks around, and if I ever get to Paris again I will definitely pay it a visit.


  1. It does sound great, and I’ll definitely visit if and when I get back to Paris. Someone from Mundolingua contacted me years ago to see if they could use something I wrote on Sentence first in the museum. I agreed in principle, they replied with enthusiasm, then I heard nothing more. So I don’t know if they used it or not; I’m guessing not, but I wish them every success.

  2. Earlier this year I happened to do the same tour of the Marais district of Paris with a young British lady who was working at the Mundolingua, and was naturally intrigued when I found out about the museum from her, vowing to visit at some point. But I had completely forgotten about it since, so thank you for the reminder.

  3. Trond Engen says

    Thanks! Next time I’m in Paris I’ll surely look by. Looks like it’s rather small too, so I might even persuade my wife&kids that we won’t spend the whole day there.

  4. Ian Press says

    A little confused. If you look at the map, it’s not in the Marais. Just so’s no one gets lost on a visit!

  5. Sorry if I misled anyone. I only met the person who was working at Mundolingua on a tour of the Marais—the museum itself is not in the Marais.


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