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Museum of Modern Art

This museum, located in the Palace of Tokyo (Palais de Tokyo) built for the 1937 Arts and Techniques Paris Exhibition, opened its doors in 1961 showcasing works of « modern » art from the Petit Palais, as well as collections from private donators such as Emanuele Sarmiento, Mathilde Amos and Ambroise Vollard.

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Balzac's House

Located in the heart of the old village of Passy, this Parisian home is Balzac’s only remaining home. Balzac lived here between 1840 and 1847, where he wrote La Comédie humaine. He also wrote many major works here including La Rabouilleuse, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, La Cousine Bette and Le Cousin Pons. In 1949, the house was bought by the city of Paris and turned into a museum presenting the author’s life story and his works. Alibrary was later added, it contains original manuscripts.

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Musée Yves Saint-Laurent

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum, inaugurated on 3 October 2017, presents dresses, accessories, costume sketches, photos and videos to the public in a 450 m² exhibition space.

This museum, dedicated to one of the most iconic couturiers of the 20th century, is housed in a Second Empire mansion, in which the designer’s teams worked for 30 years. Highlights include the reception rooms formerly open to clients, more than 5,000 prototype dresses prototypes and the Studio, the nerve centre where all the collections were designed.

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Baccarat Museum - Crystal Glass Collections

The museum presents a splendid collection of crystal masterpieces created for universal exhibitions, and for which Baccarat always won gold medals or top awards.

Address: 11 Place des Etats-Unis, Paris 16

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, opened its doors on 27 October 2014. The Foundation's exceptional contemporary art collections (permanent and temporary) are exhibited in an architectural gem designed by the American Frank Gehry. This visionary architect has revolutionised the use of glass and created previously unimagined shapes to produce a unique and innovative light and airy building. In addition to the artistic and architectural richness of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the visitor is also afforded wonderful panoramic views from the various terraces of the building.

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Saint-Augustin Church

This church, which was built between 1860 and 1871, stands on Saint-Augustin Square in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, in a district then known as Little Poland. During the Second French Empire, this Paris district changed with a population influx which meant building new houses. Haussmann created large straight avenues and the new crossroads called for prestigious buildings to be erected.

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Wine Museum

The wine cellars, first set up in Medieval quarries by brothers from a convent in Passy, were turned into a museum in 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons de France (France’s Council of Cupbearers). This museum bears witness to France’s rich and varied wine heritage, showcasing tools and artefacts related to wine and vine production.

Entrance price includes one glass of wine.

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Guimet Museum – Asian art national museum

Emile Guimet (1836-1918), a great captain of industry from Lyons, had for project to open a museum showcasing Egyptian religious art, as well as art pieces from antique Asian civilisations. Throughout his travels he collected a great number of pieces first presented in Lyons in 1879. In 1889, he transferred his collections to a new museum which he opened in Paris.

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Dapper Museum

« a space dedicated to African and Caribbean Diasporas »

The museum is located in a private townhouse built by Charles Plumet at the turn of the 20th century.

Address: 35 rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16°.

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Palais Galliera – Fashion and costume museum

The Fashion museum opened in 1977 in the 19th century palace of Duchess of Galliera. Its prestigious temporary exhibitions offer an insight on the history of fashion. The museum has a collection of 90 000 pieces spanning 3 centuries: from splendid costumes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, to contemporary haute-couture works.

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The Petit Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition and officially open on 11 December 1902 as the Paris Art Gallery, it is located near the prestigious gardens of the Champs-Élysées, and is part of a monumental complex.

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The Grand Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition, it is home to the Palais de la Découverte, dedicated to science and its applications (since 1937), the national art galleries of the Grand Palais (since 1964), and the recently-restored nave, a splendid cultural and events venue.

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The Palais de Chaillot

The Palais de Chaillot is home to several museums including the Musée de l’Homme (museum of Mankind), the Musée du Cinéma (Cinema Museum), the Musée de la Marine (a maritime museum presenting collections that once belonged to King Louis XV, today the museum showcases temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of maritime artefacts from all over the world), the Cinémathèque and the national theatre of Chaillot.

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