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Arts & Museums
The Château which today houses the National Museum of the Renaissance was built between 1538 and 1555 as commanded by Anne de Montmorency, an extremely wealthy and influential adviser to François the First, king of France, and Grandmaster of the King's estate and army. Today, as well as offering the opportunity to observe this impressive example of 16th-Century architecture, the museum displays collections of artistic works including paintings, sculpture, textiles, furniture, and metalwork. Visitors can also peruse the bookshop, stroll through the museum's park, or enjoy organ concerts offered at 3p and 4p each Saturday afternoon. Concerts and entrance to the museum, park, and store are free of charge, but there is a fee for guided tours. The museum, park and store close half an hour to one hour earlier during winter, refer to the website before planning a visit.
The Château which today houses the National Museum of the Renaissance was built between 1538 and 1555 as commanded by Anne de Montmorency, an extremely wealthy and influential adviser to François the First, king of France, and Grandmaster of the King's estate and army. Today, as well as offering the opportunity to observe this impressive example of 16th-century architecture, the museum displays collections of artistic works including paintings, sculpture, textiles, furniture, and metalwork. Visitors can also peruse the bookshop, stroll through the museum's park, or enjoy organ concerts offered at 3p and 4p each Saturday afternoon. Concerts and entrance to the museum, park, and store are free of charge, but there is a fee for guided tours. Open hours are slightly longer during summer months, throughout the year in the park, and in the bookshop.
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace was originally situated in Meudon after World War I and was moved to Le Bourget in 1975. This was where Charles Lindburgh had landed after his 33 hour flight from Long Island. With a unique collection of more than 180 machines, the museum covers the aerospace era from the 1879 heavier-than-air glider Massiat-Biot to the Ariane rocket. You will also be amazed to see the interesting exhibition with the balloon theme - Le Temps des Ballons, the chief fighting aircraft of the French Air Army since 1950 and the beautiful aircraft of World War II.
The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin is a contemporary art gallery located in the city of Pantin. Located in a former warehouse, the owner, Thaddaeus Ropac, has chosen to maintain the historic architecture of the building, without much modifications. Inside, one is greeted with well lit and minimalist interiors that choose to focus on the art instead. The gallery has hosted several exhibits and art installations of artists such as Alex Katz, Nick Oberthaler, Robert Longo, Raqib Shaw and many others.
Parc de la Villette is the setting for this huge science museum best known for its Géode dome and impressive 180-degree cinema. Natural and scientific phenomena are explained with the help of exhibitions in an area specially designed with kids in mind. Children aged three and over can visit a real submarine, the Argonaute, and find out how it works; temporary exhibitions are organized in Espace Explora.
Cité des Enfants, located inside the Cité des Sciences is an interactive area where children of all ages can experience science through various activities and experiments. There is a library that is well stocked with books explaining the various scientific concepts that make it easier to grasp for children. One can also watch 3D movies. The interactive sessions begin at 10a from Tuesday to Friday and from 10:30a on weekends. Log on to the website for more details.
Located within the Parc de la Villette, WIP (which stands for Work In Progress) is an culture and art space that enables artistic expression. It is a place dedicated to the promotion of arts and hip hop culture. Since it's inception, the small center within the park has become the hub of artistic activity in the region. The exhibition space within the building provides a means to display and express art in various forms. The center has a host of activities and events lined up year round and has already become a favorite spot for art and culture enthusiasts.
Tucked amidst major attractions along the Jean Jaurès Avenue is the Maison de la Villette. The mansion houses artifacts and collection of France's historical past. A former home to veterinary staff from Paris, the mansion has played an important role towards promotion of arts, culture and social activities in the city. A few nearby places of visit around the mansion include the Zenith and Musée de l'Eventail.
The Pierre Cardin museum offers a collection of the avant-garde designer clothing: 130 mannequins are dressed with the most symbolic creations of his style. It starts with coats, dresses and suits dating back to his debut at Christian Dior. Then follow the "cosmos" period of the 1965-1970s showing geometrical and colored patterns, the dress with pointed nipples and the one with holes for the breasts: a very shocking design for the times. You will recognize the famous vinyl miniskirts, metallic dresses and chasuble dresses which are so typical of Pierre Cardin. Accessories are also presented, such as shoes, hats, jewels, etc.
This museum is linked to the Cité de la Musique, a place focusing on music, culture, teaching and listening - it is dedicated to music lovers. It houses about 4500 instruments from the 16th Century to today. Thanks to headsets, paintings, sculptures, engravings and models, visitors are introduced to the history of music. Each section is presented by a theme and accompanied by a piece of music. The museum, with this innovative concept is truly international. It includes a technical restoration laboratory and a major research and information center. The auditorium offers regular cultural events and concerts (using instruments from the museum).
Machines have been around for centuries, and they were much bigger and way noisier way back then. François Richard's Scientific Devices and Odd Machinery provides home to some of these ancient, obsolete, forgotten yet wondrous mechanical devices. So, step in and get lost in the old world, where everything wasn't on a touch-operated LCD screen. Owned and managed by François himself, who's always around to answer your questions, a lot has been said and written about this private collection.
The Vampire Museum is a small museum located about two minutes from Paris. It receives ten people maximum for a very unusual visit guided by the host, Jacques Sirgent. In this peculiar house, numerous objects are gathered; they tell stories and legends of vampires of today and yesterday (paintings, books, movies, animal scale models, pieces of furniture, weapons and more). You won't be frightened here, but you will learn the origins and legends which surround vampirism. After you have strolled into the rooms, you think it is over, but not at all--there still is a garden to wander in. The Musée des Vampires is open by appointment only. Tours at 12.30p, 3p and 7:30p.