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Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris

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4.1/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
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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  • At the edge of the Park of Vincennes, in the 12th arrondissement, this Art Deco Palace was built on the occasion of the universal exhibition of 1931. It successively housed within its walls the old "Museum of the colonies', then ' of the France overseas" and finally the "Museum of African and Oceanian Arts." Since October 2007, it hosts the Museum of the history of immigration. His visit is exciting with an original scenography and in these troubled times, it helps to have a knowledge of immigration. Two oval rooms are present on both sides of the entrance to the building (one which was occupied by Raynaud, the other by Lyautey). There is also a beautiful tropical aquarium which has an important collection of tropical freshwater and seawater fish
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  • Located conveniently at the Museum dealt with the topic of immigration is too much tourism for tourists is not like it. Most people don't. Indeed, France, only some English. It was too bad.
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  • Historical Immigration Museum has interesting exhibits-photographs of 20 century. Interesting design on the Central Hall.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Museum with ephemeral exhibitions always very pleasant. Aquarium the slot floors unknown but very nice. Many species and fish of larger sizes
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  • Beautiful Art Deco building. The Museum of immigration is interesting. The aquarium is a little happier but seems to appeal to children.
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