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Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris

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The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an exhibit hall located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes at 293, avenue Daumesnil, 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. It now houses the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, as well as a tropical aquarium in its cellar.The building was constructed for the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931 to designs by French architect Albert Laprade, Léon Jaussely and Léon Bazin. It provides 16,000 m² of exhibition and office space. External bas-reliefs (1200 m²) by sculptor Alfred Janniot portray ships, oceans, and wildlife including antelopes, elephants, zebras, and snakes.The Palais de la Porte Dorée has housed a succession of ethnological museums, starting with the colonial exhibition of 1931, which was renamed in 1935 the Musée de la France d’Outre-mer, then in 1960 the Musée des Arts africains et océaniens, and finally in 1990 the Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. In 2003 these collections were merged into the Musée du quai Branly, and in its place the building now houses the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration.
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  • This magnificent building, which magnifies the beauty of Art Deco was built for the 1931 colonial exhibition by the Architect Albert Laprade. He had to survive to be the showcase of the France and its colonial empire. He was successively: Museum of overseas France in 1935, Museum of Arts African and Pacific in 1960 and then again in 1990 the Museum of Arts of Africa and Oceania, closed in 2003 whose collections have joined the Museum of the quay Branly. The building is rectangular, built in white stone, with a set of frescoes and sculptures on the side wall, protected by a breakthrough with pillars to admire them from the outside. These frescoes represent the various regions of the world where the France was present with scenes of life, customs, and animals, like a superb monumental elephant, ships sails, etc with this building, the expression of the Art Deco found its fullness and it is a real work of Art, that is worth the trip. The inside, there are also objects and "Art Déco" decoration that will delight fans which I am. As the exhibits inside, it is an aquarium located in the sub floor, including crocodiles that have a lot of success. But for children, the height of visible edge is not very practical. For the exhibition on immigration, I find it too limited on 150 years, not very well documented and very educational. However there is the interest in visiting this Museum, because it allows to raise awareness by the explanation, even with its flaws. In these times, it is good to explain simply without taboo, a part of the recent history of our host country as natural land, that she has also always been since the dawn of time. As for some personal, it would he recycles to learn what is hospitality? The Museum is accessible by subway, "Golden Gate" station and the Tram T3 from the boulevard Soult
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  • This museum taught me a lot about the history of immigration and the colonies. I discovered with great interest the different media, very playful, which tell the history of the France in this changing world. This visit enabled me to better understand migratory movements and their origins. I recommend.
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  • The Gallery of gifts allows to understand the diversity of the French population. Contemporary works over the historic halls make it come alive and the temporary exhibition (collection Agnes b) is simple and attractive. The slot floor, families and children feast of tropical Aquarium
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  • The aquarium was so well managed. Although is not a profitable facility, you should not expect some aquarium passage, but it was great for its own purpose and money value.
  • I have visited the aquarium at the Val d'Europe twice and I thought it was nice ..have heard many times in the past about the Porte Doree aquarium but always thought that it would be too small and not meeting up with expectations...Obviously, I was so wrong...Got there last week and was completely blown away...Spacious, located near the Parc Zoologique de Paris, costs only 5 euro and housed in one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen...Corals, nemos or clown fishes as they are called, colourful other fishes, eels, rays and 3 big alligators...However, the most notable exhibit in my opinion is the pair of -white as snow-albino crocodiles...Stroll around at your convenience, enjoy the calmness and the colours of the underwater creatures but also take a look at the building which is a true jewel!
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  • A lot of emotions to hear stories of lives. We understand immigration. There's still more want to fight against racism. This museum confirms the richness of the cultural mix.
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  • This comment applies to the aquarium. The children love it. Many fish, aquariums well-presented, easily visible to the children. Very decent rate.
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