Camembert, brie: Museum dedicated to French cheese to open in Paris

Wine at the ready! The ‘cheese heritage’ will be the first of its kind

A tower of different cheeses
The new museum will celebrate France’s 1,200-1,800 cheeses and include tastings and demonstrations
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Liberté, égalité and…fromage? To some, cheese is as emblematic of France as the Eiffel Tower; and a new museum of ‘cheese heritage’ is set to add more fuel to that fondue when it opens in Paris in June.

The first ever museum of its kind in France, it will open on June 3, 2024, at number 39, rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, in the capital city’s fourth arrondissement - just a month before the Olympic Games begin.

Spread over 300m2, the Musée du Fromage promises visitors a “journey and the chance to meet producers” of the much-loved French dairy product - of which there are an estimated 1,200-1,800 varieties nationwide.

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The museum will invite visitors to taste cheese and learn more about the producers and manufacturing processes, as well as taking part in educational courses and workshops.

There will also be a dairy and creamery on-site.

“You'll be able to see a cheesemaker making different cheeses throughout the day, with the aim of having a genuine discussion," said Pierre Brisson, manager of two cheese-making companies and founder of Paroles de Fromagers, the organisation behind the museum, to online news outlet Ça m’Interesse.

The museum will be aimed at people from France just as much as tourists, and will invite all visitors to learn more and appreciate the country’s ‘cheese heritage’.

Admission will cost €20 for adults (including cheese samples), and €10 for teenagers and farming students. It will be free for children aged under four, and for farmers and cheese producers.

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