Mundolingua claims to be the world’s only museum of languages. Although there are other museums with similar and related topics, this tiny but very dense place tries to incorporate all language-related subjects. But how to exhibit a topic that is spoken and written, but not necessarily admired by the human gaze?
Well, the effort that the founder has taken to visualize language is rather impressive. It is worth mentioning that this place is the fruit of a linguist from New Zealand living in Paris, with a visible affinity for homemade, quirky, adventurer-style curiosities.
Although a lot of information is transferred through touch screens, you will see information all around you: a language tree on the ceiling, a visualization of the human mouth that highlights the sounds that you choose by pressing on a button… As it is all homemade, you’re likely to find the founder fixing buttons and adding info whilst visiting.
The playfulness of this museum will mostly appeal to children, but there are interesting things to discover for adults too. I was for example intrigued by the secret languages that have been created by children as well as by armies: very different contexts but both are creative. Also there is a game that lets you play with politically correct euphemisms, which I found rather amusing. But there is lots more, if you’re slightly interested in other cultures you cannot leave the place without having learned something new!