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  • Arts & Museums

    »Musée Français de la Photographie

    The French museum of photography, located in Bièvres in Essonne, possesses a collection of 25,000 objects, over one million photographs and a very rich library. It was created in 1964 by Jean and André Fage, photography lovers, and it presents the largest collection in Europe. Numerous pieces of equipment are exposed: dark rooms of the 18th Century, and the first cameras as well as today s numeric cameras. The museum website is digitizing a part of its collection: you can zoom in on the pictures, look at negatives, as well as cameras and books from the library.

    78 rue de Paris
    Bièvres, 91570

    »MAC/VAL-Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

    MAC/VAL is the Museum of Contemporary Art of Val de Seine located in a close Parisian suburb. Inaugurated in 2005, its goal is to present French artistic creation from the 1950s up to today. Famous pieces of art can be seen as well as more recent ones. In all, more than 1000 works of art are exhibited in a building of 13,000 square meters (139 square feet). Moreover, there is an amphitheater dedicated to conferences, artists speeches, festivals and showing of films about movies history. You can also have a walk in a 10,000 square meter (107 square feet)garden in which works of art are exhibited. The MAC/VAL s permanent collection includes artists such as Annette Messager and César.

    Place de la Libération
    Paris, 94400

    »L'Exploradome

    L'Exploradome provides a great opportunity for children to learn about art and science. Through interactive exhibits, the young ones will learn about our technological and natural worlds. Many of the exhibitions are informative enough that even the adults will probably learn something.

    18 Avenue Henri Barbusse
    Vitry-sur-Seine, 94400

    »Maison Armande Béjart

    The Maison Armande Béjart is the oldest house in Meudon which has not fallen into ruins, and was purchased in 1676 by Béjart, who was an actress in the theater and Molière's widow. Today, however, it holds the Musée d'art et d'histoire (Art & History Museum) and its permanent collection with a dual focus: art from the 20th Century and the history specific to Meudon and its inhabitants. It also hosts temporary exhibits, shows (including works by Molière), and conferences, often in the lovely courtyard and garden.

    11 rue des Pierres
    Paris, 92190

    »Fragonard Museum

    Fragonard Museum takes you into a world of perfumes, and gives you an insight into the history of scents and fragrances. The museum conducts guided tours in which visitors learn about the craft of scent making, and get to see pictures of the same. There are also actual antique perfume bottles displayed here, in addition to other scent-related memorabilia. Visitors can enjoy a few of its interactive games, including a perfume smelling test. There is also a retail store from where you can pick up a few of your favorite fragrances. 

    7 Avenue du Général de Gaulle
    Maisons-Alfort, 94704

    »Musée- École nationale vétérinaire

    The Fragonard museum is one of the oldest museums of France: created in 1766, it is part of the veterinary school. It possesses a unique collection of bodies and body parts, exhibited for the sake of human and animal anatomical studies, among which is a collection of freak animals, of diseased body parts, as well as of parasites – some of them were discovered at that time. The central piece of the museum is the "Écorchés by Fragonard," a collection prepared between 1766 and 1772 following the "natural anatomy" method consisting of body preservation in alcohol or by desiccation. Fragonard made some pieces for pedagogical purposes and some others for the sake of art: very impressive!

    7 Avenue du Général de Gaulle
    Paris, 94700

    »Sèvres National Ceramics Museum

    Sèvres National Ceramics Museum features different types of ceramic and porcelain from all over the world, particularly traditional fine European and Asian ceramics. The museum was established by Alexandre Brongniar, houses more than 50,000 objects and is a must-visit for fans of pottery and earthenware. 

    2 Place de la Manufacture
    Sèvres, 92310

    »Les Catacombes de Paris

    In 1810, the Montrouge stone quarries became catacombs. Because of a lack of space in the graveyards of Paris, it is here, 20 meters (65 feet) underground, that the remains of six million Parisians are exhibited. These ossuaries, illustrated by texts, create a chilling atmosphere and describe some of the events in the history of Paris, giving visitors substance for meditation. During World War II, this network of galleries was used as a hideaway for the Résistance movement; its vastness and the discretion of its entrances were great assets indeed. Today, these subterranean passages allow visitors to explore the true underground of Paris; a must-visit!

    1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy
    Paris, 75014

    »Bétonsalon

    Bétonsalon is an association which manages an art and research center. Located in the heart of Paris 7 University, personnel and students as well as artists, neighbors and workers of the area are encouraged to get involved in the projects. Pictorial artists have regular exhibitions but the schemes also come from philosophers, choreographers and scientific people. Bétonsalon wants to question the role of art, of artists, and of cultural places in society in organizing workshops, exhibitions, visiting tours of the area, festivals, performances and operations in the public area. Sometimes, at lunch time, students give a show before they go back to class.

    9 Esplanade Pierre Vidal Naquet
    Paris, 75013

    »Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation

    It was Bresson's wish to start his own foundation. Today, the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson is home to the artworks and archives of this great photographer. The foundation organizes three exhibitions per year, to showcase the talents of photographers, painters and sculptors. It also allows access to the precious archives for research purposes. If you are looking for quality art, this is where you should be.

    2 Impasse Lebouis
    Paris, 75014

    »Les Frigos

    Les Frigos is a former refrigerated warehouse built in 1921. Trains used to go into the building with their goods in order to stock them in the fridges. However, this activity was halted at the end of the 1960s. In this building, 200 artists create and work every day. All the arts are represented: painting, sculpture, music, video, photography, theater, graphic design. Every year in spring, two open days and a few exhibitions enable the public to discover this place, visit the workshops, talk to artist, see performances, walk in the yard and listen to music. But it is also possible to contact, via the website, an artist which appeals to you in order to meet him/her.

    19 rue des Frigos
    Paris, 75013

    »Galerie des Gobelins

    This gallery is located in the famed Manufacture des Gobelins, which is a tapestry manufacturing factory, the history of which can be traced back to the 17th century. Beautiful paintings painstakingly created using the art of tapestry can be found on display here. This gallery is used as an exhibition space for various contemporary exhibitions and shows.

    42 avenue des Gobelins
    Paris, 75013
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