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Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris

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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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  • I was never home in this museum... I do tour on Wednesday at 15:30 for 1½ hours it's great to have a guide who knows sort throughout and shows the essential. She explains the work of Violet-le-duc to the room of castings: details of constructions Romanesque and Gothic with a geographical distribution. Then at the top level is the development of the contemporary and modern architecture (Piano, Chair...). The Trocadero Palace building is well, it dates back to the world expo, and a complete renovation is 10 years old.
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  • Nice museum, especially with children. Beautiful plaster casts of parts of buildings that you actually can see not good due to hoig, bv. The famous gargoyles. Here they are at eye level. Fun interactive exhibits.
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  • Interesting, informative, discovery to take full eyes. Unimaginable... I advise you to visit with your eyes closed
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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.