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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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  • I went to visit this exhibition yesterday. Militant in associations dealing with immigration, I was very interested by this fine exhibition that traces in a large room, immigration from the nineteenth century to the present day, and in another room, the immigration of Italians in France. One complementing the other. I found all of the emotions that through me from 1972, date at which I participated in the birth of an "Association of solidarity with immigrants workers". Already, at that time, the living conditions of these unfortunates were not enviable. He faced French racist and derogatory. The photos and compositions illustrating this time give a fairly complete picture of the misery of migrants. As a result, the immigration of Italians in France was a discovery, these being stopped more often in the South of the France. Little by little, they are "mounted" in Paris and the Paris region. Then have spread in other regions of France. We see french, Italian original artists: Yves Montand, Serge Reggiani, Modigliani,... of the constructors of cars like Bugatti,... It's fantastic. I urge you to attend this exhibition. It makes us aware (if needed) of the sad life of migrants (children of 11 years working in glass factories), dying at the task, or Shiners on the streets... etc. Life is not fun right now, but was even less at this time.
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  • This museum is devoted to the subject of immigration to France. One learns a tremendous amount here about the waves of newcomers to France, how it has changed over the centuries. Lots of photos, some ...  more »
  • A museum that respects the French diversity and its origins. Deeply marked by history and the lives of those who have done so by bringing objects (the father of Cavanna trowel) or giving their testimony. It is good that this successor to the Museum of the colonies while maintaining the décor of the place that is extraordinary. The aquarium which is a relic is superb (so rare white crocodiles) and worth a visit to him alone. Great for kids. The atmosphere is quiet and space. And at the Museum restaurant, eat exotic, cheap and good.
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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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