Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Museum Exhibit: The Motorcycle Police of Paris

Le Musée de la Préfecture de Police in Paris has prolonged indefinitely a incredible exposition on the motorcycles and motorcyclists of the Préfecture de Police. The exhibit entitled 'Pleins Phares sur les Motards de la Préfecture de Police' literally means Headlights on the Motorcyclists of the Préfecture de Police.

The public is invited to discover the evolution of 'la Compagnie Motocycliste' since it's creation until recent time and the different responsibilities that can be entrusted to them (i.e. escorting of heads of state). The exposition also covers such special functions of this organization such as l’Equipe Spéciale d’Acrobatie (the Acrobatic Team), a group that has acquired international fame for their precision.

Much of the early information is only in French, but the images of the old motorcycle and uniforms and the artifacts are worth the look. The more recent information is offered in French and English.


Entry: Free
Dates: February 20, 2009 until ??? (get there before it's gone...it's free)

Hours: Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00, Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00


Musée de la Préfecture de Police

Commissariat du 5ème Arrondissement, 2ème étage
Rue de la Montagne Ste-Geneviève, 75005 Paris

Métro: Maubert Mutualité