9.  Musée des Arts et Metiers

The original plaster sculpture, which Bartholdi used to make his masterpiece, was bequeathed to the museum by his widow in 1907. In 2005, the French art dealer, Guillaume Duhamel, rediscovered the sculpture while  accompanying his son’s elementary school class on a visit there. He convinced the museum to let him create 12 casts from the plaster original (the  maximum allowed under French law) and the museum would get to keep the first cast, which is now on view there.