Palais de Tokyo

Address: 13 avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris, 75116, France
Telephone: 01 47 23 54 01

- Mid-range


Exciting contemporary art in an artfully distressed setting.

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.


Value for money

Price advice

9 euros, free under 18s.

Expert tips

The gallery staff are all trained "mediators", there to explain the artworks to visitors.

Check what's on before you come: between the big shows it can seem rather empty.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Trendiness
  • Art
  • Design and architecture