In the summer, Parisians like to chill out by the Fountain Varsovie (1937) with its large central basin that collects water from several smaller cascading fountains, and which regularly offers the grand show of 20 water cannons in action.
The Palais de Chaillot is home to several museums including the Musée de l’Homme (museum of Mankind), the Musée du Cinéma (Cinema Museum), the Musée de la Marine (a maritime museum presenting collections that once belonged to King Louis XV, today the museum showcases temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of maritime artefacts from all over the world), the Cinémathèque and the national theatre of Chaillot.
Built for the 1937 Paris Exhibition, it is the work of architects Azema, Carlu and Boileau. It replaced the former Palais du Trocadero which dated back to 1878. The building presents two curved wings directed towards the Seine River, and in between the vast esplanade of Human Rights which affords breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.