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Arts & Museums
The Musée d Archéologie Nationale is one of the primary archaeological museums in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. This museum displays interesting facts and archeological finds about the first settlers in France, right from prehistoric times to Merovingian era. They also conduct various exhibitions and events to give you insight into the way of life of the locals from centuries. The museum is very educative and extremely informative about the history and civilization of the country.
The Museum of National Archaeology, located in the suburb Saint-Germain-en-Laye, is the only museum dedicated to a region's archaeological history. The collection includes pieces from the Paleolithic era in France (10,000 years ago) to the Merovingian epoch in the 8th Century CE. Although most of the exhibits focus on French archaeology, there is also a comparative collection with articles from all over the world. The museum is housed in the magnificent Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Make sure to check the website for special events directed at children!
The Musée Maurice Denis, in the former house of artist Maurice Denis provides an excellent collection of Symbolist and Nabi pieces from around France. The building itself is listed as a historical monument and creates the perfect environment for the appreciation of art. Take the train and make a refreshing day trip out of Paris.
The collection and exhibits of the Musée Fournaise are devoted to the history of impressionism, as befits its location on the Île des Impressionnistes. It is housed on the upper level of the Maison Fournaise, originally a 19th-century boat-building workshop and restaurant. The quality of light on the water that so fascinated painters of the impressionist period can still be enjoyed by visitors to the museum.
The Musée Promenade was inaugurated in the commune of Louveciennes on October 18, 1982 and is located inside the royal gates of the palace of Marly that once belonged to King Louis IX. The museum represents the archaeological as well as decorative art-work collection that were derived from the association called Le Vieux Marly, which was established in 1930. Open throughout the year, a visit to the museum would take you through the religious art collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and drawings. Among the prized possessions of the museum includes the hydraulic machine called Marly machine that was used in the 17th Century to pump out water from the river Seine to the palace. Call or visit their website to know more.
Situated in the old town hall, the Musée d'Histoire Locale of Rueil-Malmaison offers locals and visitors the opportunity to educate themselves in the history of this community. Each room in the museum is devoted to representing a theme through the objects and memories portrayed there.
Established in 1990, The Osmotheque is home to an unrivaled archive of perfumes. It gets its name from the Greek words “osmo” meaning “smell” and “theke” meaning “storehouse” and is possibly the largest of its kind in the world. It features over 3000 samples of scents that are well-preserved in a temperature-controlled environment. Among classic, forgotten and rare perfumes, the museum also displays historic documents on the origin and composition of perfumery.
Through the years absinthe has raised many passionate voices speaking for or against it, these included renowned writers and artists. It isn't a surprise that the Green Fairy has quite a few institutes and organizations to her name, Auvers-sur-Oise is home to one such museum. Highlighting the journey of the beverage through various eras, Musee de l'Absinthe exhibits some of the rarest posters and antiques that provide unique insights into the French and European cultures.
Musée Lambinet is a must-visit for those looking for an insight into Versailles’ rich heritage. Occupying what was formerly the private residence of Louis XV, this municipal museum is replete with Period decor. A landmark in itself, this 18th-century mansion was designed by Élie Blanchard and has 35 rooms dedicated to historic documentations and memorabilia. On display are a well-curated collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork. Sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon are a highlighting feature.
This hidden gem just west of the Bois de Boulogne possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th Century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
The Tenniseum, also called Musée de la Fédération Française de Tennis, is a museum devoted entirely to the history of the game, specifically the French Open held at Roland Garros. There are mountains of archival footage of old matches, as well as other multimedia exhibits dating back to 1897. Additionally, the museum has a library full of tennis-related history, statistics, and interviews. Check the website for current temporary displays.
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.