Cité de l'Architecture
Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, Paris, 75116
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- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, Education, History
Expert review of Cité de l'Architecture
Housed in a wing of the 1930s Palais de Chaillot, the architecture city was created from the fusion of the historic museum of French monuments and the French architecture institute making a slightly strange but appealing leap from medieval sculpture to avant-garde architecture somewhere in the middle. On the ground floor astonishing full-size plaster casts of some of France's most famous Romanesque and Gothic monuments give a mini tour of France, with church tympanums from Vézélay, Conques and Souillac and Renaissance shop fronts. In the middle is a dimly lit gallery of vaulted frescoed interiors. On the second floor you find modern architecture, roughly from Palais Garnier up to the present, via landmarks like the 1960s Maison de la Radio, with lots of film footage and models, where the star of the show is the full-scale reconstruction, which you can go inside, of a duplex apartment at Le Corbusier's Villa Radieuse in Marseille.
Museum 8 euros, free all under 18s, under 25s from EU; museum and exhibitions 10 euros, reductions 3-7 euros.
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- Architectural site, Museum
- Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, Paris, 75116
- 01 58 51 52 00
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun 11am-7pm, Thur 11am-9pm, closed Tue.