A walk through monumental Paris
Places to discover
Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet
The walls of the museum are decorated in subtle
tones to set off the splendour of the collections.
Each floor is a journey – hieratic Buddhas and
Indian elephant gods, ladies from the Tang dynasty
with hair styled in two chignons, Siddhârtha in
golden copper from Tibet, tiaras from Nepal,
ink from China, reeds, cranes, lotus, the Silk Road,
lacquered wood, cobalt blues, Japanese nõ masks
and much more.
6, place d’Iéna (16th). M° Iéna. Tél. : 01 56 52 53 00. Daily: 10am-6pm, except Tue. €6.50 – RR: €4.50.
Under 18s: free. Subject to modification.
Le Panthéon bouddhique
The museum’s Panthéon Bouddhique displays
pieces brought back from Japan in 1876
by Émile Guimet, an industrialist from Lyon,
a fervent admirer of the culture of the Far East
and founder of the museum that bears his name.
19, av. d’Iéna (16th). M° Iéna. Tél. : 01 44 32 18 00. Daily: 9.45am-5.45pm. Closed Tue.
Palais de Tokyo – site de création contemporaine
The spacious dimensions brightened with acid
tones are a showcase for emerging contemporary
art. From midday to midnight, experimental,
irreverent, international, and often interactive
exhibitions and events brighten the line-up.
The shop disguised as a “petrol station from the
suburbs of Stockholm” is stocked with amusing
objects in limited series; under the luminous
pink and green saucers of the restaurant, one can
enjoy peas with mint and clementines au gratin.
13, av. du Président-Wilson (16th). M° Iéna. Tél. : 01 47 23 54 01. Tue to Sun: Midday to midnight.
Closed 1 Jan, 1 May and 25 Dec. €6 – RR: €4.50.
Under 18s, disabled: free.
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
tones of the fauvists, the deconstructed shapes
of the cubists and Les Disques by Fernand Léger.
It features all the trends in non-figurative art,
from the École de Paris, Modigliani, Soutine,
and Giacometti’s search for the absolute to
photos by Brassaï. It also covers the 1950s
and the following decades with New Realism,
Arte Povera, Support/Surface, Fluxus, and more.
It honours great contemporary figures, such as
Boltanski, Bourgeois, and Buren, and supports
the most outstanding trends in new design.
11, av. du Président-Wilson (16th). M° Iéna. Tél. : 01 53 67 40 00. Daily: 10am-6pm, except Mon
and some public hols. Thu: late opening until
10pm. Permanent collections free.
Much more than the largest tank in France!
Marine collection or cinema? Both actually.
In the aquariums, sharks, sea urchins, clown
fish and divers put on a show. At the cinema,
the in-house animation and manga studio screens
humorous and poetical works. The highlight:
workshops for children and even a touch pool
to stroke and feed the fish.
Jardins du Trocadéro (16th). M° Trocadéro. Tél. : 01 40 69 23 23. Daily: 10am-8pm.
€19.50. 3-12yrs: €12.50.
Palais Galliera – musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
In the garden of this 19th-century palace,
the fountain’s nymph is dressed like Eve.
Inside, lacework, parasols, haute couture labels,
fans and shoes (in total 90,000 costumes and
accessories from the 18th-century to the present
day) parade the history of fashion with sublime
10, av. Pierre-Ier-de-Serbie (16th). M° Iéna. Tél. : 01 56 52 86 00. Only open during temporary
exhibitions: 10am-6pm, except Mon and public
hols. Under 14s: free.
Les égouts de Paris
Underground Paris, what an adventure!
2,400 km of pipes; some 31,600 manhole covers
for easy access; 500 sewer workers responsible
for the upkeep … and 1 underground visit to
find out everything there is to know about
the water cycle.
Face au 93, quai d’Orsay (7th). M° Alma-Marceau. Tél. : 01 53 68 27 81. Daily except Thu,
Fri and 2 weeks mid-Jan.1 May to 30 Sept:
11am-5pm. 1 Oct to 30 Apr: 11am-4pm.
€4.20 – RR: €3.40. Under 6s: free.
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
Housed in a wing of the Palais de Chaillot,
this cité – open to all – devotes its 23,000 sq.m.
to the urban environment. The museum’s galleries
present architectural moulds, medieval and
Renaissance wall paintings and an architectural
panorama from 1850 to the present day.
Palais de Chaillot. 1, place du Trocadéro et du 11-Novembre (16th). M° Trocadéro. RER Champ-de-Mars – Tour-Eiffel. Tél. : 01 58 51 52 00. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11am-7pm.
Thu: 11am-9pm. Closed Tue.
€8/€10 – RR: €5/€7.
Under 18s, 1st Sun of month: free.
Musée national de la Marine
There’s genius at sea. And if you don’t believe us,
explore this collection that dates back to Louis XV.
Objects, instruments, models of frigates,
three-mast galleys, steamships, battleships,
and liners will take you on a voyage of maritime
Palais de Chaillot. 17, place du Trocadéro (16th).
M° Trocadéro. Tél. : 01 53 65 69 53 (info et rés). Daily: 10am-6pm, except Tue, 1 Jan, 1 May and
25 Dec. €9/€7 – RR: €7/€5 (audioguide included).
Under 18s: free.
Musée Maillol –Fondation Dina-Vierny
Dina Vierny was the muse and friend of the painter
and sculptor Aristide Maillol. The foundation
and the museum reveal the work of the artist
and offer a panorama of 20th-century art through
his collection and that of Dina: B for Bonnard,
D for Duchamp, K for Kandinsky… S for seductive!
Fondation Dina-Vierny. 61, rue de Grenelle (7th). M° Rue-du-Bac. Tél. : 01 42 22 59 58. Daily: 11am-6pm, except Tue and public hols.
€8 – RR: €6. Under 16s: free.
Musée de l’Homme
Even its name will change! Come back in 2013 to
discover a brand new wonderful musée des Sciences
naturelles de l’homme. To include a great journey
through time from man’s appearance – 150,000 years
ago – to the present day, in a totally new laid out
17, place du Trocadéro (16th). M° Trocadéro. Tél. : 01 44 05 72 72. Closed until 2012.