History of Grévin
Founding to the present day

At the end of the 19th Century, Arthur Meyer, a journalist and founder of the famous daily newspaper Le Gaulois, conceived the idea of showing his contemporaries 3D representations of the front-page celebrities in his newspaper. At a time when the press did not use photography he thought of creating a place where the public could at last "put a face" on the people in the news.

To achieve this original project, he called on Alfred Grévin, who was a cartoonist, sculptor, and designer of theatrical costumes, and who became so involved that in the end, the project bore his name. When the Grévin opened its doors to the public on 5th June 1882, it was an immediate success!

In 1883, Gabriel Thomas, a distinguished investor who had previously backed the companies running the Eiffel Tower and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, gave the Grévin a business-like economic structure to enable rapid expansion. He also enriched the site with new decors which are today its very precious heritage, such as the Grévin Theatre, which is listed on the inventory of Historical Monuments, or the Hall of Mirrors (Palais des Mirages) that had been part of the 1900 "Exposition Universelle".

More than a century later, still faithful to the spirit of its three founding fathers, this unique site continues to provide the public with the astounding possibility of "seeing with their own eyes" the celebrities in the news.

The Grevin's
International Developments

The Montreal Grevin was the first international extension of the brand name.  It was launched on April 19th, 2013. So as to bring you the absolute best in entertainment, the Museum’s concept was a cooperative effort by experts from France and from Quebec.
In original settings and decors, enriched by interactive and sensory thrills, 120 local or international celebrities, the stars of times past or of today, inhabit a stage set for improbable encounters. Show more

The international development of Grévin continues with the opening of Grévin Prague on May 1, 2014.

Built on three levels, with 3,000 square metres of floor area, the Czech sibling of the Paris museum will be devoting generous space to host local celebrities, such as President Václav Havel, the long-distance runner Emil Zátopek, the singer Karel Gott and the author Karel Čapek.

The Musée Grévin Séoul was open during summer 2015. Show more →