Arts et Métiers (Paris Métro)

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Arts et Métiers
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
M11 - Station Arts & Metiers.jpg
Line 11 platforms
Location42, Rue Réaumur
48, Rue Turbigo
51, Rue Turbigo
57, Rue Turbigo
Rue des Vertus × Rue Réaumur (two)
3rd arrondissement of Paris
Coordinates48°51′56″N 2°21′22″E / 48.8655°N 2.3561°E / 48.8655; 2.3561Coordinates: 48°51′56″N 2°21′22″E / 48.8655°N 2.3561°E / 48.8655; 2.3561
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened19 October 1904 (1904-10-19)
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 3
toward Gallieni
toward Châtelet
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 11
Arts et Métiers is located in Paris
Arts et Métiers
Arts et Métiers
Location within Paris

Arts et Métiers (French pronunciation: ​[aʁz‿e metje], literally "Arts and Trades") is a station on Line 3 and Line 11 of the Paris Métro. Its located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.


The station is located at the intersection of Rues Beaubourg, Réaumur and Turbigo, the platforms established:

  • on line 3, in a curve under the angle formed by these last two streets and oriented east–west, between Réaumur - Sébastopol and Temple stations;
  • on line 11, further east along the east–west axis of Rue Réaumur, between Rambuteau and République.


It opened on 19 October 1904 as part of the first section of Line 3 opened between Père Lachaise and Villiers. The Line 11 platforms opened as part of the original section of the line from Châtelet to Porte des Lilas on 28 April 1935.

It owes its name to its proximity to the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, within which is housed the Musée des Arts et Métiers and is served by the station. The establishment was founded on a proposal by Father Henri Grégoire to the National Convention in 1794, and installed in the buildings of the former Royal Priory Saint-Martin-des-Champs.

The corridors as well as the platforms of the two lines were modernised after 1988, with those of line 3 being applied the decorative Ouï-dire style, in this case green in colour, while on line 11, to mark the bicentenary of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in October 1994, the platforms was redesigned by Belgian comics artist François Schuiten in a steampunk style reminiscent of the science fiction works of Jules Verne.

In 2018, 4,235,686 travelers entered this station which placed it at 119th position of metro stations for its usage.[1]

As part of the RATP's Un métro + beau program on the one hand and the extension of line 11 to Rosny-Bois-Perrier on the other, the corridors of the station are undergoing renovations from 12 September 2019 to 3 December 2020 to test the coating materials of future stations.

Passenger services[edit]


The station has five entrances all made up of fixed staircases, the first four being adorned with a Dervaux candelabrum:

  • entrance 1 - Rue Conté, rue de Turbigo - odd numbered side leading to the right of 57, rue de Turbigo;
  • entrance 2 - Rue Réaumur, rue de Turbigo - even numbers side located opposite 42, rue Réaumur;
  • entrance 3 - Rue de Turbigo, rue Beaubourg located at the right of 107, rue de Turbigo and 48, rue Réaumur;
  • entrance 4 - Rue Réaumur leading to 31, Rue de Turbigo and 51, Rue Réaumur;
  • entrance 5 - Rue des Vertus, only allowing exit from the platforms of line 11, located at the right of 22 Rue Réaumur.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine to Exits/Entrances
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 3 toward Pont de Levallois – Bécon (Réaumur – Sébastopol)
Eastbound Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 3 toward Gallieni (Temple)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 11 toward Châtelet (Rambuteau)
Northbound Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 11 toward Mairie des Lilas (République)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


The platforms of the two lines, 75 meters long, are of standard configuration. Two in number per stopping point, they are separated by the metro tracks located in the center and the vault is elliptical.

The station on line 3 is set up in a curve and its decoration is in the Ouï-dire style in a green color. The lighting frames, of the same shade, are supported by curved supports in the shape of a scythe. The direct lighting is white while the indirect lighting, projected on the vault, is multicolored. The white ceramic tiles are flat and cover the walls, the vault (diagonally, a peculiarity that the stopping point only shares with Nation on line 1), the tympans and the outlets of the corridors. The advertising frames are green and cylindrical and the name of the station is written in capital letters on enameled plates. The platforms are equipped with Motte style seats and green sit-stand benches.

The station on line 11 has been completely covered since October 1994 with copper plates riveted to each other, and not the usual earthenware tiles. This dressing was put in place during the bicentennial ceremonies of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. It is the work of Benoît Peeters, French screenwriter, and François Schuiten, Belgian designer, authors of the series Les Cités obscures. The traveler is plunged inside a vast machine, a sort of underground Nautilus evoking the atmosphere of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, in steampunk style. On the station's ceiling, a series of large cogs evokes the Musée des Arts et Métiers. Copper, the only material used, evokes the technical and industrial world. On the platforms, a series of portholes open onto small scenographies, centered on the museum's collections. You observe the armillary sphere, the Telstar satellite, or even the water wheel. All of the station's furniture is suits the decoration style and constitutes a unique case on the network. Name plates, wooden seats, garbage cans, flat tympans, alarm posts banners and lighting in the Ouï-dire style, are brown. However, the latter do not have multicolored lighting and the light is diffused in a semi-subdued way on the track side. The platforms are devoid of advertisements.

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by lines 20, 38, 47 and 75 of the RATP Bus Network and, at night, by lines N12 and N23 of the Noctilien network.


  • Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
  • Musée des arts et métiers



  1. ^ "Trafic annuel entrant par station du réseau ferré 2018". (in French). Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.

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