Comfort Hotel Lagny Marne La Vallee
21, rue Jacquard
Lagny Sur Marne, 77 400
Phone: (33) 1 64304488
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Arts & Museums
La Ferme du Buisson brings the art-forms alive through their theatrical performances, interactive exhibits and art collections. There are many exciting events to look forward to. Please contact for further information on the current season being showcased here.
The horticultural museum, located in a school garden, tells the incredible story of the wall of peaches in Montreuil. From the 16th to the 20th Century, peaches were grown along stone and plastered walls. The cultural fields were divided by numerous stone walls; the space was squared. Along these walls, thousands of peach trees were planted and were then protected from the cold and the wind. Fruits were sometimes marked according to a very special technique. This high quality agriculture used to be the source of richness of the city. Today there are still a few hectares of fruit trees in the garden, as well as this museum: both are proof of a rich past.
In addition to commemorating the life and times of Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, the museum also showcases a large portion of acclaimed neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux's art collection. The collection consists of such pieces as déploration du Christ, Crucifixion, with additional works by Gamelin, Rivalz, Vassallo, Tassel, La Fosse, and Bon Boullogne. The collection covers works from the 17th and 19th centuries incorporating influences and tidbits of Bossuet's life.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Located near the Bois de Vincennes, the Musée des Arts africains et océaniens mostly displays works from colonial countries. The building was constructed during the colonial exhibition of 1931. Its architecture is in perfect harmony with the theme of the objects exhibited. Visitors are invited to walk through a tropical garden full of crocodiles and exotic fish – ideal for children as long as they are not crazy enough to swim there! For adults, the rooms dedicated to aboriginal art, works from the Pacific islands and objects from New Caledonia are worth the detour. The African statues and masks are just magnificent: don't miss the sculptures from Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo and Angola nor the fascinating jewelry from North Africa.
This Museum is charged with the substantial task of conserving and presenting a national collection relating to the history, art, and culture of immigration in France. Recognizing the work of immigrants as molding the reality of French society, the Cité Nationale de L'Histoire de L'Immigration presents documentation in multiple forms, divided for the permanent collection into images, objects, and works of art. Temporary exhibits, educational activities, performances, workshops, and a multimedia library are all also available to the public.
Constructed near the end of the 12th century, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert stands today as a symbol of French persévérance. Its history spanning nearly 800 years, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert has changed hands quite a few times. In the early 20th century, the Château was bought by the city in an effort to preserve it, and undo the damage of previous owners who had destroyed towers, built new homes, and renovated much of the original structure. The Château also offers a permanent exposition of archaeological artifacts that have been found during excavation and renovation. Located 25 miles SE of Paris, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert is a must-see for anyone interested in French history. Entry is free.
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).