After having been closed for renovations for five years the Musée Picasso situated in the Marais has opened its doors to the public on the 25th of October the birthdate of Pablo Picasso. The Hôtel Salé, the grandest 17th-century hôtel particulier in the city, has been also expanded to triple the space available for the exhibited art pieces. It curretly houses over 5,000 paintings, prints, sculptures as well as Picasso’s personal archive and art collection.
As for all museums in Paris the entrance is free every first Sunday of the month but it is preferable to book your rickets in advance on the other days because as expected it is very crowded. Here below you can view an interesting guided tour on BBC.com by the artist’s grandson Olivier.
Through out the year numerous exhibitions take place, among the permanent ones, visited by millions of people from all over the world: over 25,000 per day.The museum also houses the Bibliothèque publique d’information, a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe.
The square in front of the museum, place Georges Pompidou, is known for the street artists such as mimes, singers who perform for the crowds, especially during the weekends.
La Cinémathèque française
In the beautiful district of the Marais you can visit for free the Carnavalet museum which is dedicated to the history of the city. It houses about about 2,600 paintings, 20,000 drawings, 300,000 engravings and 150,000 photographs, 2,000 modern sculptures and 800 pieces of furniture, thousands of ceramics, many decorations, models and reliefs, signs, thousands of coins, countless items, many of them souvenirs of famous characters, and thousands of archeological fragments (wiki).
The museum occupies two neighboring mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau which include entire decorated rooms with works of art and antique furniture. The garden is equally beautiful and on a sunny day you can enjoy your time walking around.
The Hôtel Carnavalet was purchased by the Municipal Council of Paris in 1866; it was opened to the public in 1880.
By the latter part of the 20th century, the museum was bursting at the seams. The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau was annexed to the Carnavalet and opened to the public in 1989.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
In the heart of the marais you can visit the beautiful musuem of photography with its japanese grden designed by Keiichi Tahara, regularly introduces new exhibitions, ranging in between numerous and multicultural photographers.
For those who are particularly passionate about photography, there is the possibility of buying a 12 months ticket at the price of 28 euros.the same ticket is reduced to 26 euros for people under the age of 26, or for senior visitors and the artists.
The entrance is free, every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.
One of the most interesting galleries for photograghy, in the city of lights, is situated in the heart of the marais, just a few minutes walk from the majestic Place des Vosges. Polka gallery represents several photographers from who we citate just a few: B.Barbei, G. Caron, W. Klein, S.Greene, D. Grimonet and many others.
- Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent
The foundation/museum Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent was founded in 2002 and contains all the archives from the collections of YSL, 5000 haute couture pieces, 15000 objects and accessories which describe the 40 years work of the famous fashion designer. Very interesting exhibitions are held during the whole year visited by thousands.
Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris
tel: +33 (0) 1 44 31 64 00
Métro Alma Marceau – Line 9
Bus 42 – 63 – 80 – 92 – 72
From Tuesday to Sunday, 11 to 6 p.m
Discounted Ticket: 5€ for the students, people under the age of 25 and seniors.
Free entrance for the children under the age of 10 and the people who seek a job.
Space for the exhibitions
3 rue Léonce Reynard, 75116
+33 (0) 1 44 31 64 31
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