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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 museum is located in a beautiful art deco building. We discover the dates keys to the waves of immigration in France along the stairs leading to the mezzanine overlooking the vast and magnificent room on the ground - floor. The first floor mainly shows the different steps and roles of the Museum over the years since the 1931 international colonial exhibition, for which it was built. On the second floor, we enter the heart of the matter with a history of migration by country of origin, through the very many stories and objects of daily life of these immigrants. Some are really very touching, and you can participate by offering its own history at the Museum. I have not had time to visit the rest because I didn't plan enough time (I spent over 2 hours on site). Very informative especially in the current context.
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  • The building is a gem of Art Deco as well found little in Paris. You can spend long minutes to detail the façade which provides a condensed historical, economic and artistic of what was once the french colonial Empire. The building was to inspire its visitors to invest in the products of the colonies, or even to settle there and all parts of the Empire are represented. The aquarium in the basement offers nothing extraordinary and avoid the vacation days with the impressive number of children and the hubbub that resonates a lot. As for the Museum of the history of Immigration, it would be good that some visit in these troubled times on issues of identity and immigration. We are all children of immigrants, or else we all from blood of immigration. A Word! Don't forget to take a look at the oval salons located to the left and to the right as you enter the building, and the large central room. Jewelry Art Deco and masterful frescoes on once again the grandeur and diversity of the french colonial Empire.
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  • At the Porte Dorée, in the 12th arrondissement, you can get there on foot from Saint Mandé. The architecture and decoration are signed by big names such as Laprade, Janniot, Prouvé. A symmetrical silhouette that reflects light and stands imposing. Initially it was a Museum of the colonies and conquests and everything, since the 1930s when it was built, intended to convey in terms of style that aspect of the past French. Later becomes Museum of Africa and Oceania, and when the collections were moved elsewhere, in 2007 he was appointed Immigration Museum. For reasons of time I couldn't see him, but a peek in the early environments after the front door he foreshadowed a exotic note not indifferent. In the façade a bas-relief depicting harbours and airports of the colonies, bringing out the wealth from the point of view of the French, of course.
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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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