MUNDOLINGUA is a new world devoted to language, languages and linguistics, suitable for everybody. It was inaugurated not long ago on 11th October 2013 !
The museum is located between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Saint-Sulpice church !
The founder, Mark Oremland, arrived in France from his native New Zealand in 1994. He studied Linguistics at the University of Paris V – René Descartes with the aim of creating an entertaining place devoted to language and linguistics. It gave birth to MUNDOLINGUA which he created with the collaboration of the linguist Ilona Ponavicova who studied in both Prague and Paris. They threw themselves into this project for 3 years with a team of language lovers.
The result ? An intriguing world where visitors can touch, experience and interact to discover the multiple aspects of language.
There is a considerable collection of documentary resources. The exhibition gives access to them via text and recordings on touch screens, along with games, quizzes and many unusual objects. For instance a head showing how sounds are made, trees of language families, syntax cubes and many more. Other key objects include a Rosetta Stone facsimile.
Conferences, debates, themed evenings, pedagogical workshops and conversation clubs in different languages are organised throughout the year. For instance in April they had a fantastic event with the play ‘The Double Bass” followed by “The Trout Quintet” by Franz Scubert. It was a very unique opportunity for anglophones, students of English and fans of language ! If you’d like to informed of their latest news, please visit the News / Events section on their website.
Practical Information :
The museum is open every day from 10am until 7pm.
A ticket for an adult is 7 euros, 5 euros for Students and people over 65.
Annual Subscription is 25 euros
Guided visit – 3 euro supplement per person. Many languages are available : English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Russian.