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Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris
(4.5/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine is dedicated to architecture, with a focus on the Musée des Monuments Français. Three large galleries contain the treasures. Galerie des Moulages displays French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. Galerie des Peintures Murales et des Vitraux features wall paintings, stained-glass windows, and reproductions of works from historic monuments. Galerie Moderne et Contemporaine provides a look at French and international architecture from 1850 to present. To visit Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris travel itinerary maker.
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  • If you are interested in architecture, this museum is a must. They have terrific temporary exhibits, but it helps if you can read French since most explanations are not translated. The permanent exhib...  more »
  • Stumbled on this the first floor has wonderful casts of many famous buildings, some of which have been destroyed in War. That was enough to rate 5 stars, but the 2d floor was even better We almost mis...  more »
  • Taking advantage of the free first Sunday of the month, I discovered this museum which offers a beautiful view of the eiffel tower. The room of the castings reproduced parts of our churches of france or other palaces, which allows us to travel a little through our beautiful country without going very far. For other rooms, it's sharper and therefore intended for an informed public. Besides, this museum does not attract the crowds, but rather the architecture students.
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  • This is an incredible and extensive collection of statuary, architecture, frescoes, and glass, from medieval to modern, from all over France. You can see the sculpture up close because they are finely-made plaster casts, colored in most cases to be close to the original, and because they were made before pollution and wear took their toll, closer to the original detail. Plan to devote hours if you're at all interested in medieval and renaissance art and architecture. The copies of frescoes were a surprise and delight.
  • CALL BEFORE GOING. Website is unclear and has incorrect opening hours; we showed up on a Monday and we were informed that the museum was closed, and would be open tomorrow. Tuesday we show up and it's still closed.
  • How wonderful that the items shown have been preserved and are on display to the public. For a small fee you can be lost for hours, going back hundreds of years. Awe-inspiring, this collection is outstanding. Not for young children, even the building which houses the pieces is unique. Some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris are showcased in their amazing windows. Spend some time appreciating the talents of bygone eras.
  • This museum is all about urban architecture throughout the ages. There is a huge and wonderful section all about Paris architecture, giving one the opportunity to learn all about Haussmanian buildings and those big broad avenues he created.
  • Big museum, interesting, not busy at all.