In the Photo of the Week feature, we highlight an exceptionally amazing photograph submitted by an Atlas Obscura user.


Full of creaking 19th century carousels in a dimly lit gallery, Paris’s Musée des Arts Forains can be a scary place. In this Photo of the Week, Atlas user Katie Bush captures the eerily magical feeling of the space in one singular image. Here she describes her visit:

“This little museum is tucked away in an odd part of Paris — a section that has shops built on old train tracks, and the museum is housed in one of the city’s original train stations. When you walk inside of the large gates, the whole place feels magical. There are lots of sculptures of animals sticking out of buildings, old carnival rides outside and inside of the museum, masks hanging off of the old station, pretty much everything you can imagine. The inside of the museum is very dark, but hauntingly magical. All of the items housed in the museum are of excellent quality and have a high level of craftsmanship. They were all hand painted. I especially liked the illuminated pieces, as seen in the background my image. I believe that this particular photo was of a unicorn costume used in some sort of sideshow.” 


Thanks to all of our adventurous users who keep submitting such amazing shots! Want to have your photograph featured? Keep adding your captures to our ever-growing compendium of wondrous places (just click the “Edit This Place” link at the bottom of each place). And watch here each Friday for another Photo of the Week