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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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  • We, two Dutchies, went to this museum to obtain special insights about immigration, unfortunately almost all explanations were given in French, which gave us the unpleasant idea that it was only meant...  more »
  • 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 »
  • We loved the outrageous architecture of the building but didn't care too much about the museum. The good thing is that you don't need to pay the museum just to see the building, since even the main ro...  more »
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  • Unexpected aquarium. Nice complement to a visit to the nearby zoo. Although not a huge aquarium, it's well kept and has some species that fascinate children (thanks to Octonauts and Kratts Brothers) which are not found at the "other" Paris Aquarium. You can see frog fish, electric eels, dipnoos (lung fish) and albino crocodiles!
  • Great architecture with original exhibitions and beautiful vision of France through the different immigration waves. Should be better known.
  • Excellent acquarim and good museum
  • 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!