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Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, opened its doors on 27 October 2014. The Foundation's exceptional contemporary art collections (permanent and temporary) are exhibited in an architectural gem designed by the American Frank Gehry. This visionary architect has revolutionised the use of glass and created previously unimagined shapes to produce a unique and innovative light and airy building. In addition to the artistic and architectural richness of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the visitor is also afforded wonderful panoramic views from the various terraces of the building.

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Adresse : 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - 75116 Paris

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower

This 324 meter-high giant overlooks the Gardens of the Trocadero. Built between 1887 and 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for Paris’s world fair, this “grand lady” has now become the emblem of Paris.

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Entrance price 2015: 17 € (by lift- top floor included).

Note: each evening up to 1 am, on the hour and for 5 minutes, the Eiffel Tower adorns a golden coat and thousands of lights twinkle, offering a truly magical sight.

Paris, France

The Trocadero Gardens

Designed for the 1878 Paris Exhibition, the gardens at the time spread in front of a Hispano-Moorish Palace destroyed in 1937 to make room for the Palace of Chaillot. Skaters and strollers can appreciate magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower from its various sloping alleyways.

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The Palais de Chaillot

  • 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.
Paris, France

The Arc de Triomphe

Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon 1st to glorify French troops, and achieved 30 years later under the reign of Louis Philippe, the Arc de Triomphe is the work of architect Jean-François Chalgrin.

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Situated in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile and offering a splendid architecture evocative of ancient arches, it marks the beginning of the Champs-Elysées.

Its pedestals are decorated with 4 allegorical high reliefs by artists Cortot, Etex and Rude, including the famous “Marseillaise”.

Situated half-way between the Louvre Museum and the Great Arch at the Défense business district it links ancient and modern Paris.

Entrance price in 2015: 9.50 €

Paris, France

The Champs-Elysées Avenue

Le Nôtre, who was commissioned by King Louis XIV to redesign the Tuileries Gardens, decided to create a large artery that would leave the king an uncluttered view of the trajectory of the sun until it set.

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It became The Champs-Élysées! No surprise from the Sun King who foresaw here the triumphant success of this regal avenue!

The avenue spreads from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile.

Paris, France

The Grand Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition, it is home to the Palais de la Découverte, dedicated to science and its applications (since 1937), the national art galleries of the Grand Palais (since 1964), and the recently-restored nave, a splendid cultural and events venue.

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Address: 1, Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 75008

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The Palais de Chaillot

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.

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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.

Paris, France

The Petit Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition and officially open on 11 December 1902 as the Paris Art Gallery, it is located near the prestigious gardens of the Champs-Élysées, and is part of a monumental complex.

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This includes the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, a superb bridge which spans the Seine opposite the Invalides.

It was fully refurbished between 2001 and 2005.

Address: 5, Avenue Dutuit, Paris 75008

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Museum of Modern Art

This museum, located in the Palace of Tokyo (Palais de Tokyo) built for the 1937 Arts and Techniques Paris Exhibition, opened its doors in 1961 showcasing works of « modern » art from the Petit Palais, as well as collections from private donators such as Emanuele Sarmiento, Mathilde Amos and Ambroise Vollard.

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It collections comprise 8000 works of art illustrating various trends of 20th century art. Exhibitions showcasing the main movements and artists of the 20th century European scene but also thematic and monographic exhibitions present today’s main artistic trends.

Address: 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

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Palais Galliera – Fashion and costume museum

The Fashion museum opened in 1977 in the 19th century palace of Duchess of Galliera. Its prestigious temporary exhibitions offer an insight on the history of fashion. The museum has a collection of 90 000 pieces spanning 3 centuries: from splendid costumes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, to contemporary haute-couture works.

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Open only for temporary exhibitions

Address: 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16°

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Dapper Museum

« a space dedicated to African and Caribbean Diasporas »

The museum is located in a private townhouse built by Charles Plumet at the turn of the 20th century.

Address: 35 rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16°.

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Musée Yves Saint-Laurent

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum, inaugurated on 3 October 2017, presents dresses, accessories, costume sketches, photos and videos to the public in a 450 m² exhibition space.

This museum, dedicated to one of the most iconic couturiers of the 20th century, is housed in a Second Empire mansion, in which the designer’s teams worked for 30 years. Highlights include the reception rooms formerly open to clients, more than 5,000 prototype dresses prototypes and the Studio, the nerve centre where all the collections were designed.

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  • Adresse : 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris
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Guimet Museum – Asian art national museum

Emile Guimet (1836-1918), a great captain of industry from Lyons, had for project to open a museum showcasing Egyptian religious art, as well as art pieces from antique Asian civilisations. Throughout his travels he collected a great number of pieces first presented in Lyons in 1879. In 1889, he transferred his collections to a new museum which he opened in Paris.

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From 1945, as part of a vast program of reorganisation of all national art collections, the Guimet museum sent its Egyptian pieces to the Louvre and received in exchange the works from the Louvre’s Asian art section.

From then on the institution, located Place Iéna, became one of the top Asian art museums worldwide.

Address: 6, place d’Iéna, 75116 Paris

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Baccarat Museum - Crystal Glass Collections

The museum presents a splendid collection of crystal masterpieces created for universal exhibitions, and for which Baccarat always won gold medals or top awards.

Address: 11 Place des Etats-Unis, Paris 16

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Balzac’s House

Located in the heart of the old village of Passy, this Parisian home is Balzac’s only remaining home. Balzac lived here between 1840 and 1847, where he wrote La Comédie humaine. He also wrote many major works here including La Rabouilleuse, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, La Cousine Bette and Le Cousin Pons. In 1949, the house was bought by the city of Paris and turned into a museum presenting the author’s life story and his works. Alibrary was later added, it contains original manuscripts.

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Address: 47 rue Raynouard, Paris 16°

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Saint-Augustin Church

This church, which was built between 1860 and 1871, stands on Saint-Augustin Square in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, in a district then known as Little Poland. During the Second French Empire, this Paris district changed with a population influx which meant building new houses. Haussmann created large straight avenues and the new crossroads called for prestigious buildings to be erected.

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Napoleon 3rd decided that the church crypt would contain the tombs of all the Imperial family princes, when the tombs of the emperors and empresses would remain in Saint-Denis Basilica.

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Wine Museum

The wine cellars, first set up in Medieval quarries by brothers from a convent in Passy, were turned into a museum in 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons de France (France’s Council of Cupbearers). This museum bears witness to France’s rich and varied wine heritage, showcasing tools and artefacts related to wine and vine production.

Entrance price includes one glass of wine.

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Address: 5 square Charles Dickens, 75016 PARIS

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