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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff showcases artwork by renowned artists like Gregory Forstner, Prinz Gholam, Christoph Weber etc. The artwork on display keeps changing from time to time. A number of artworks like from painting to sculptures, sketches to photographs etc have been displayed here. It is advisable to call beforehand and get an appointment.
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.
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.
The Edith Piaf museum is a charming dedication to one of France's most beloved and iconic singers, Edith Piaf. Housing numerous artifacts relating to the singers life and housed in the district in which Piaf grew up, this museum offers a fantastic insight into the personal life of such a public figure. Make sure to stop by the gift shop in which Piaf's music as well as loving dedications to her legacy are available for purchase.