Monnaie de Paris
If you’re looking for things to do in Paris with a historical bent, then there’s plenty to be gained from the Monnaie de Paris, France’s longest-serving institution and the oldest enterprise in the world. The Paris Mint has been issuing coins since AD 864 – that’s more than 1,150 years – and its collection of ancient currency, medals and other items of metalwork is a national treasure (no pun intended). But this strangely under-promoted museum has an altogether different side. Its temporary exhibitions, three or four held each year, feature contemporary art to rival anything you’ll see at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or the Centre Pompidou.