The City of Light boasts a plethora of dazzling new venues. Seven venues have now cropped up on the Paris scene, offering yet more memorable options in terms of leisure and culture. Here is a short description of each: Citéco, Fluctuart, Sandfabrik and the Musée de la Libération–Musée du Général Leclerc–Musée Jean Moulin, plus the newly re-opened Maison de Balzac and Théâtre du Châtelet.
The world’s first-ever floating street art museum opened on 4 July at the foot of the Pont des Invalides with the aim of giving enhanced visibility to this particular form of art. This hybrid venue is both a creative space and a setting for displays of work by Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, JR, Speedy Graphito, Keith Haring and many other artists, over three floors. Boasting a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions, a bookshop stocking street art books, a restaurant, bars and a rooftop, Fluctuart is set to become one of the capital’s leading community spaces. Offering free entry for all, it is open from midday to midnight from Monday to Friday, and from 11am to midnight at the weekend.
More info : Fluctuart
Citéco, the Banque de France’s economics-focused museum
On 14 July 2019, the Hôtel Gaillard, a listed monument built in the Neo-Renaissance architectural style, opened to the public after being transformed into a museum. Called Citéco (Cité de l’Economie), it is dedicated to economics. The entertaining and instructive displays at this new museum – the first of its kind in Europe – have been designed to explain the importance of economics and to help people to understand basic notions such as exchanges, players, markets, instabilities, regulations, and treasures. The spaces are interactive, with multimedia games and videos allowing people to experience what it is like to negotiate an international agreement, or to learn more about the 1929 financial crisis. Visitors will also have the chance to handle a bar of gold and ancient coins dating from the time of the French King Louis IX, and admire the decorative mouldings and wood panelling in the beautiful mansion housing the museum.
More info : Citéco
A beach within reach of Paris! Sandfabrik, a brand-new leisure centre in the Paris suburb of Pantin, puts beach sports front and centre. Featuring five configurable sports pitches and a beach bar/restaurant, Sandfabrik has been designed to enable people to play all year round. It’s a great place to enjoy a game of beach rugby, volleyball, soccer, tennis or badminton, as well as other sporting activities, in a fun atmosphere only a short distance from the Canal de l’Ourcq.
More info : Sandfabrik
Maison de Balzac
Located in the old village of Passy in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, the former home of Honoré de Balzac, one of France’s greatest writers, is reopening after several months of renovation work. It is a small green and white house at the foot of a hill, where one can explore the rooms inhabited by the famous writer for seven years, and admire the view of the Eiffel Tower from the charming garden. The house where Honoré de Balzac wrote The Human Comedy, a series of 90 novellas and novels, is now a museum where visitors can also see busts of Balzac sculpted by Auguste Rodin and learn more about the life of the indefatigable writer. A haven of peace and learning in the heart of Paris.
More info : Maison de Balzac
Musée de la Libération–Musée du Général Leclerc-Musée Jean Moulin
The Musée de la Libération-Musée du Général Leclerc-Musée Jean Moulin was inaugurated on 25 August, the anniversary of the liberation, inside the magnificent Pavillons Ledoux on Place Denfert-Rochereau. The location was chosen for a reason: many important events took place here during the liberation of Paris. The trio of museums pays tribute to two war heroes – the French general Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque and the Resistance fighter Jean Moulin. The interactive visitor experience includes first-person accounts and videos. The museum’s collection comprises more than 7,000 historic documents and artefacts. A must-see!
Théâtre du Châtelet
The Théâtre du Châtelet is reopening following two and a half years of renovation work, and the 2019/2020 programme has plenty of surprises in store. The forthcoming season of music and culture at this magnificent 19th-century venue boasting superb wall frescoes is slated to be innovative, eclectic and community-focused. The much-awaited musical An American in Paris returns to the French capital in November following a successful run on Broadway, in Asia and in London. Meanwhile, dance fans can look forward to de William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance and Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace/Exchange/Scenario. Not to be missed!
More info : Théâtre du Châtelet