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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Museum of Port-Royal des Champs offers a personal experience of a place that has helped to make France what it is today. The 30-hectare (74-acre) site that once held the abbey of Port-Royal des Champs, founded in 1204 and destroyed in 1710, fostered some of the most influential religious and intellectual thinking of the past centuries. In the 17th Century, Pascal lived in a house on the grounds and Racine studied in the school which now holds a museum detailing the historical importance of these grounds covered in greenery, gardens, and dotted with significant structures and ruins.
Love playing cards? Well, here's a chance to know more about the cards you love so much! Visit the wonderful Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, a museum dedicated to playing cards. Take a look at the wonderful collection of over 9000 objects that includes playing cards, drawings, paintings and about 1000 objects that are card game related. The museum has been awarded the best museum award of Europe in 1999.
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.
Espace Landowski, beside the town hall of Boulogne-Billancourt, is the cultural center of the Parisian suburb. It holds concerts, multimedia art exhibits, and the Musée des Années 30 (Museum of the 1930s), which focuses on honoring a time when this town was a haven for substantial innovations in art and architecture. It boasts a permanent collection including 800 paintings, 50 pieces of furniture, and 1500 sculptures which truly suggest the environment of the art world specific to the 1930s; the museum also hosts exhibits and conferences. See website for details.
Created in 1939, this museum's mission was to gather collections concerning cultural and industrial patrimony of the city of Boulogne-Billancourt. In 1983, it turned its focus to the 1930s; indeed, many artists, architects and movie directors settled in this city, since the price of workshops were still affordable. Big names contribute to the reputation of the 1930s in Boulogne, in both industrial and cultural domains. The 1930s museum settled on the premises of the Espace Landowski in 1988. Nowadays, the 3000 square meters (over 32,000 square feet) of museum exhibits 800 paintings, 1500 sculptures and 20,000 drawings, as well as pieces of furniture and archived documents focusing on Orientalism. An outdoor visit provides the discovery of architectural creations.
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.
Built in memory of the much celebrated photographer Robert Doisneau, Maison de la photographie is a gallery, located in Gentilly, Paris. Established in the late 20th Century, the gallery has various exhibits, showcasing history of photography. The Val de Bièvre handles the management of the gallery currently. The gallery is freely accessible to all. All you shutter bug lovers, don't forget to make a stop at the Maison de la photographie while touring the city!
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.