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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  • August 16, 2017
    Most: the superb and unique building, especially the outdoor frescoes who deserve that we linger there, the large reception room with its frescoes and its volumes, the contents of the "timelines" under glass, the old photos of places to live, the model of the colonial exhibition of 1931 the less: 3 umbrellas of the reception hall that "break" the view of the main fresco (what a mess) "Timelines" under glass including several lamps down which keep reading! The absence of a graphic summary of the large stream migration too many legends tiny on the walls while there is the place to do great and avoid the nose stuck to the wall, too of small photos on display, dirt floor and walls of the bathroom, the indication "library" without library the amateurism of the cafeteria service.
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  • August 10, 2017
    I had a very good time in this expo particularly instructive and interesting. A nice presentation; I had the impression of a walk. I particularly enjoyed the historical elements in the rise of the stairs as well as excerpts from movies, video comments, the variety of topics covered (political, sociological, artistic...).
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  • August 3, 2017
    Beautiful Museum, testimony of various immigrants. The building is beautiful in itself. To do with children, I recommend a registration to educational workshops: they quickly visiting the expo, listen to 3 anecdotes, then spend 2 hours in the workshop for an artistic creation. The host is top: sweet and pedagogue. The children are in action and leave with their creation while visiting the Museum and touched the complex concept of immigration for primary school children.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A fairly small aquarium, but what is here is delightful. A wonderful collection of unusual fish and for a sensible price too ☺️
  • August 11, 2017
    We were in the aquarium, which is interesting and not too busy. Still, there is a lack of material to explain what is exposed, and the temporary exhibition (deep inside the ocean) was completely boring.
  • March 21, 2017
    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!
  • January 4, 2017
    Great architecture with original exhibitions and beautiful vision of France through the different immigration waves. Should be better known.
  • September 3, 2017
    Beautiful, interesting, creepy.

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