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National Library of France, Paris

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Admire the contemporary architecture and take a journey through the world of knowledge at National Library of France. The massive structure on the bank of the Seine is shaped to represent four open books, and it houses millions of hand-written, printed, and digital documents from all possible spheres of life and science. The library's museum space displays numerous temporary exhibits as well as a permanent exhibit of antiques that includes items such as the throne of the Frankish King Dagobert and globes that belonged to Louis XIV. Don't miss the library's lush urban garden. The admission fee to the exhibition area gives you free access to the library's reading rooms. Make National Library of France a centerpiece of your Paris vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Paris travel itinerary maker.
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  • MORE on: beautiful exhibitions, in a spacious place, less bright: areas such as the Richelieu prohibited the public room!
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  • You can get there by bus, metro or RER very easily. If your interest is in the library as a structure alone, just go there. However, if you are interested in using the resources, you need to apply for...  more »
  • The national library is a realization of president Fr Mitterrand. Really the effort to visit. But the old library, situated behind the Palais Royal (not far from the Louvre), is back open. You can take a look, FREE after 15 years of restoration. TOP!!
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  • Building is very modern and its architecture is a must to see. Love the place and the last exhibition - Averdon photographer is so great - loved it !!
  • great library. biggest library i saw ever. beautiful view also
  • Simply beautiful! I loved to visit there, the architecture and the gardens at the center, the place to chill out... Definitely a place to go in Paris
  • Not my favorite building in Paris, but the inside is great to work or to discover new things (a lot of expos are organized here)
  • Awesome building, great place to get some work done