Around the Eiffel Tower, 3 districts of Paris meet: the 7th, the 15th, and the 16th. From the majestic Eiffel Tower, you can find numerous museums and other touristic spots from both sides of the capital.
In the 7th district
► The Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Located on Champ-de-Mars, the “Iron Lady”, dominates the capital with a height of 324 meters (with the antennae). Listed as a historical monument in 1964, and as a piece of world heritage by UNESCO in 1991, the tower was erected on the occasion of the 1889 World Fair among the designs of the architect Gustave Eiffel.
To visit the Eiffel Tower, you will have to pay from 7€ to 17€ (full price), whether you take the elevator or not, and from €5 to €14.50(reduced price: 12-24 years old).
During your visit, if you are a bit hungry, go to the Buffet Tour Eiffel or go try the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, which is situated on the 1st floor and offers a lunch in an elegant picnic style.
And for a really special moment, a little glass of champagne could be your welcome at the Bar à Champagne on the very top floor. A privileged and unforgettable moment to share with a lover or a friend!
► The Musée Rodin
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
A few feet from the Hôtel des Invalides, this architectural gem from the 18th century holds one of the most important collections in the world: the works of Rodin. The Musée de Rodin has on display the artist’s sculptures, drawings, furniture, personal belongings, and photographs. What remains of this master has been conserved since 1919 in the Hôtel Biron, a hotel built in 1727 by the architect, Jean Aubert. Listed on historical monuments since 1926, the building hosts a large number of visitors every year, especially thanks to its lavish garden, decorated with Rodin statues.
Important to know: there is another Musée Rodin located in Meudon in the 92nd department.
► Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
This museum, atypical due to its original architectural style, displays non-western arts and civilizations. It brings together works from Africa, South America, Asia, India, and Oceania and offers various exhibits throughout the year. The Musée du Quai Branly was originally a project by Jacques Chirac during his term as president and was designed by the architect, Jean Nouvel. Within the museum’s compound is a charming garden and also some places to get something to eat.
► Hôtel des Invalides
Place des Invalides, 75007 Paris
Built in 1674 on king Louis XIV’s orders, the Hôtel des Invalides was destined to receive the injured from its many wars and help them live out the rest of their days in peace.
Composed of multiple parts, you can visit the Army Museum, the Historial Charles de Gaulle, the Tomb of Napoleon, the church and its dome with golden leaves, the Musée des Plans-reliefs, or even the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération.
At the entrance to the building, a spectacular dome welcomes you. Emblem of the Hôtel des Invalides, the Dôme des Invalides was erected in 1681 and is 107 meters high. You can admire its golden color from numerous places across Paris. But its fame isn’t due just to its splendor, but also to the fact that it is home to the tomb of the emperor Napoleon I. Since 1861, his body has rested in a sarcophagus of red quartzite, surrounded by the 6 other coffins of the Bonaparte family as well.
The Saint Louis Cathedral, which is right next to the dome, was built by Jules Hardouin-Masart in 1676 for soldiers.
Continuing from the dome, you can visit the Army Museum. Located in the same building, it dedicates its collections to the world of the army. You can visit sections committed to arms and armors, to the history of France under Louis XIV to Napoleon III, to World War I and World War II, and a part of the museum dedicated to the life and career of Charles De Gaulle.
Finally, you can visit the art section, which includes paintings, sculptures, and music, or also the Artillery section. For professionals, a library of books and photos is available.
On the right, the Musée des Plans-reliefs shows you models of the plans that helped erect the fortresses and fortifications since the 17th century.
The idea to launch this collection came from Marquis de Louvois, Minister of War for Louis XIV.
Located on 51 bis boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, there is the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération. Created in 1970, its goal was to reward the participants in World War II who helped liberate France.
You can have priority entrance thanks to a ticket that provides access to the permanent collections of the Army Museum, the tomb of Napoleon 1, the Museum of Military Models end the Museum of the Order of Liberation for €12. The access to the Cour d’Honneur and the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides is free.
In the 15th arrondissement
► The Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Built during the early 1920’s, the Parc des Expositions is the largest exhibition park in France. Since 1923, it has hosted shows and large events multiple times per year in a total space of 227,813m2 that is divided into 8 exposition halls. Also, you will have the chance to take part in events like the Foire de Paris, the Mondial de l’Automobile, the Salon du Chocolat, or even the Salon de l’Agriculture (depending on the time of year).
This location is serviced by metro line 12 (Porte de Versailles) and also by tram lines T2 and T3.
► L’Île aux Cygnes
Located between the 15th and 16th districts, the Île aux Cygnes (the “Swans Island”) is an artificial island, 890 meters long, but only 11 meters wide. Built in 1827, it welcomes you for a stroll under the shade of its trees or for you to relax comfortably on a bench with a book. There you will find a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty, built in 1889 by the sculptor, Bartholdi.
► Maison de la Culture du Japon
101 Bis Quai Branly, 75015 Paris
The Maison de la Culture du Japon is a cultural center, built on 11 floors, of which only 6 are visible. It represents the Japan Foundation in France and also serves to help people discover Japanese culture and artists through cinema, exhibits, art collections, language courses, or introductions to Japanese cuisine.
In the 16th district
► The Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
This is a building that holds two museums: the Musée d’Art Contemporain, known as the Palais de Tokyo (West wing), and the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (East wing).
At 13, Avenue du Président Wilson, the Palais de Tokyo is a completely atypical museum, considered to be an “anti-museum” because of its commitment to being a place of exchange and artistic displays. In fact, since 2012, it has become one of the largest sites dedicated to contemporary creation in Europe. You’ll discover a universe that is both out of place and crazy.
At 11, Avenue du Président Wilson, the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, offers an enriching and even international program, presenting many prestigious exhibits that can interest art enthusiasts and lovers, but also the most curious.
► The Musée Galliera
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris
Built in 1878 and 1894 by Léon Ginain, the Palais Galliera, is the museum for Parisian fashion, located in the lavish Palais de la Duchesse de Galliera, known to have been a philanthropist. It brings together centuries of style and haute couture with pieces by Carven, Balanciaga, Dior, Balmain, and even Yves Saint Laurent. The museum is open twice a year, for two exhibitions on average (for a duration of 4-6 months). It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, with nocturnals on Thursday until 9pm.
► The Musée Baccarat
11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris
The Musée du Cristal is located in the old hotel of Marie-Laure de Noailles. You’ll find items of crystal, such as glasses, for example, made by the crystal-worker Baccarat (factory found in Lorraine). More information can be found here.
► Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent
3 Rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris
At n°5, avenue Marceau, Yves Saint Laurent set up his designer house in 1974. He collected objects, drawings, and works by fashion designers that act as witness to his brilliant carreer. The Foundation is centered on 3 missions: the conservation of haute couture clothing and accessories, as well as drawings and diverse objects from Yves Saint Laurent, the organization for diverse exhibitions (style, painting, photography…), and the support of cultural and educational activities.
► The Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
6 Place d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
The Musée Guimet puts on display various collections from India, China, Japan, Afghanistan, and even Pakistan. Les Galeries du Panthéon bouddhique will let you witness the tea ceremony at 19, avenue d’Iéna, but advanced registration is necessary.
► The Esplanade du Trocadéro
Located in the gardens of Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement, it hosts architectural gems assembling world-renowned works: the Palais de Chaillot, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, the Musée de la Marine, and the Musée de l’Homme. On the plaza, you’ll also be able to admire the Eiffel Tower.
► Musée de la Marine
Jardins du Trocadéro, Palais de Chaillot, 17 Place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris
Located at the Palais de Chaillot, the Musée de la Marine contains works relating to the marine world and careers that come from it. You can see marine clothing, tools, and paintings, but also Napoleon I’s imperial boat.
► Musée de l’Homme
17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris
Located in the Palais de Chaillot, the Musée de l’Homme is linked to the French National Museum of Natural History. It displays man in all its facets, its history, its life, civilization, etc.
► Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris
Still within the Palais de Chaillot, the “Cité Chaillot” is the largest architectural center in the world. You can admire French and international works of architecture and contemporary creations through moldings, stained glass, or models.
► Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua
5 Avenue Albert de Mun, 75016 Paris
The first aquarium in the world, it was built in 1867 and covers close to 3,500m2. At the Aquarium de Paris, you can discover around 500 species of marine animals with a natural looking decor that will take your breath away. 3 theaters open their doors to show documentaries relating to the marine world.
► La Maison de Balzac
47 Rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris
This is a charming pavilion, located in the Passy neighborhood, where the novelist, Honoré de Balzac, lived anonymously from 1840 to 1847 in order to escape creditors. This little house, listed as a historical monument in 1913, is today a museum dedicated to the writer. Its walls are now home to works that you can admire, such as manuscripts, letters, journals, and personal objects.
► Musée Clemenceau
8 Rue Benjamin Franklin, 75116 Paris
In the old home of the politician, Georges Clemenceau, you’ll be able to understand him more intimately by discovering a multitude of objects and manuscripts that once belonged to him. You’ll find his office, his room, and his garden, among other things.
► Musée du Vin
5 Square Charles Dickens, 75016 Paris
In the coolness of the cellars, you can learn about what makes up the rich heritage of France. For visits or tastings, the program is fun and pleasant. A restaurant is also there and you can take classes on oenology (the study of wine and winemaking). More information can be found here.
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