Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet displays 350 or so automatic musical instruments—prototype jukeboxes, hand-cranked carnival machines and monstrous pianolas—all in working order. (© Danita Delimont / Alamy)

The Offbeat Museums of Europe

Lost souls, music boxes and shoes fill some of the continent's most peculiar collections

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62 Rue des Archives, Paris; open 11 a.m.-6p.m. Tues-Sun; €6 entry;

Regular Smithsonian contributor Tony Perrottet is the author of The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe, published in May;


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