Palais de Tokyo
13 avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris, 75116
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Education, Trendiness
Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Palais de Tokyo
Compared to the sedate atmosphere of many Paris museums, the Palais de Tokyo has a buzzy feel of art in the making. The vast 1930s building was originally built for the 1937 Exposition Universelle — along with the Musée d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris on the other side of the peristyle — and its vast spaces were renovated in the early 1990s by architects Lacaton & Vassal with a deliberately unfinished (and economic to convert) look that works very well. The vast curved main gallery is excellent for large-scale installations, while there are also several smaller exhibition and video spaces. In keeping with the spirit, there's a good art bookshop, a fun gift and designer object shop that ranges from artists' editions and funky T-shirts to stickers, plus the trendy Tokyo Eat restaurant and a basement café Tokyo Self.
9 euros, free under 18s.
More information on Palais de Tokyo:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Art gallery
- 13 avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris, 75116
- 01 47 23 54 01
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Currently Tue-Sun noon-9pm; the Palais de Tokyo will go back to its original noon-midnight hours after rehabilitation work is completed in spring 2012.
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Art, Rainy days