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Museums in France

The museums of France chronicle every aspect of French history – art, architecture and more. There are art works representing every epoch, and museums devoted to every notable artist in the history, both French and foreign. The dazzling array of galleries and salons will be a true joy to any artistic soul. Keeping in mind the penchant of the French for museums as well as the astounding number of tourists in this country, travellers are advised to schedule their visits on weekdays, because museums are always crowded on weekends.


Fondation Le Corbusier
Town: Paris
Address: 8-10, square du Docteur Blanche
Phone: +33 1 42 88 41 53
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.fondationlecorbusier.asso.fr
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Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier (1887 - 1965), was a French Swiss-born architect renowned for his theoretical studies of Modern Design. Le Corbusier laid the groundwork for his 'Fondation Le Corbusier', to which he donated his property. The setting up of the Foundation was to ensure the preservation of Le Corbusier’s works.
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French Protestant Society (Museum and Library)
Town: Paris
Address: 54, rue des Saints-Peres
Phone: +33 1 45 48 62 07
e-mail: [email protected]
Price: 5 - 13 EUR
Website: http://www.protestants.org/faq/culture/htm/bib_societe.htm
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Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -18:00
The Library and Museum of the French Protestant Society was founded in 1852, with the publication of the periodical 'le Bulletin de la SHPF'. The Bulletin was issued until 1914. The libraby set on extending its collection circa 1865, with its new acquisitions having been based on its core gatherings of manuscripes and archival documents related to Protestant issues.
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Galerie de la Marine (Naval Museum)
Town: Nice
Address: Tour Bellanda, up 214
Phone: +33 4 93 623 711

A visit to Galerie de la Marine is a real must for all sea and sailing lovers. This spacious museum hosts a breath-taking collection of beautiful ship models, antique nautical instruments, engravings and paintings. There is also a large roof-top terrace with a beautiful view overlooking the sunny beaches of Nice. The Naval Museum houses up to the 214 step of the Bellanda Tower, built in 1860 at the seat of the former tower pulled down by King Louis XVII. The exhibition include precious antique navigational instruments, boats, arms, scale models, paintings, and engravings all reflecting the ancient naval power of France.


Galerie du Pantheon Bouddhique du Japon et de la Chine
Town: Paris
Address: 19, Avenue d'Iéna
Phone: +33 1 47 23 61 65
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This museum provides a comprehensive showcase of the history of Japanese Buddhism, including a total of 300 works from Japan and China. The site is installed in a lavish neo-Baroque mansion with a Japanese garden, in Hôtel Heidelbach, a structure of 1906. The museum ticket price includes a twinned visit with the Musée national des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet.
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Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
Town: Paris
Address: Jardin des Tuileries
Phone: +33 1 47 03 12 50
Website: http://www.jeudepaume.org
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The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, a museum of contemporary art, is set in the northwestern corner of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. The building was erected in 1861 during the reign of Napoleon III, and originally housed tennis courts, from where it derives its name, the jeu de paume, the French precursor of tennis. The site was used from 1940 to 1944 to store Jewish cultural property, confiscated by the Nazi regime in France. Until 1986, it contained the Musée du Jeu de Paume, which containedimportant impressionist works, currently installed in the Musée d'Orsay.
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Hôtel National des Invalides
Town: Paris
Address: Esplanade des Invalides
Phone: +33 1 44 42 30 11
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.invalides.org
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Les Invalides in Paris consists of a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement, featuring museums and monuments, all relating to France's military history, plus a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans. This is also the burial site for French war heroes.
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Institut Tessin
Town: Paris
Address: 11, rue Payenne
Phone: +33 1 44 78 80 20
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.si.se/
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The collection of art of the Institut Tessin is installed in the Swedish cultural centre, and involves names such as Gustaf Lundberg, Alexander Roslin, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller and Louis-Jean Desprez. The site traces the development of Franco-Swedish art in the period 17th-20th Century.
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Judaism Museum
Town: Paris
Address: 71, rue du Temple
Phone: +33 1 53 01 86 60
e-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.mahj.org
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This site presents a unique collection of artefacts and documents in the 17th Century Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. The museum displays are chronologically arranged so that each exhibition hall corresponds to an epoch, a geographic plus cultural setting and a theme. Thus, the halls are dedicated to the Jews in France in the Middle Ages, Jews in Italy from the Renaissance to the 18th Century, the meeting of two Diasporas in Amsterdam.
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