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Palais de la Porte Doree

#123 of 2,263 things to do in Paris
Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:30
Open today: 10:00 - 17:30
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Immigration Museum

A friend of ours was involved in setting up this immigration museum. You'll learn a lot here about... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Thomas V
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Oakland, California
Spectacular building, thoughtful exhibition

Great history of French colonial history told through the building. Upper levels have more... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
SydneyKath
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Sydney
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The Palais de la Porte Dorée (in the 12th arrondissement) is a classed historical monument, built for the Colonial Exposition of 1931. A symbol of the art deco style, it has housed a tropical aquarium since its creation and, since 2007, the Musée...more
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Great history of French colonial history told through the building. Upper levels have more information about migration on the last 100 years.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

A friend of ours was involved in setting up this immigration museum. You'll learn a lot here about how France has always been an immigrant country. The displays are professional and interesting. This building was used in an international expo and has some lovely features...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Fascinating tales of how France has welcomed wave after wave from different countries, to cope with it's labour shortage. First were 10,000 British engineers in the 19th century, to develop railways, ironworks and porcelain works. And Jean Monnet showed how 700,000 immigrants were needed to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

A trusted friend told me it was one of her favorite museums. And it showed an interesting timeline of immigration, yes. But for a museum of that topic, none of the signage was in any language besides French. I was not wowed. The aquarium in...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

This magnificent art déco building houses the museum of immigration history and, incidentally, an aquarium. We went to see an exhibition (now over) devoted to the Italian exodus which in itself was extremely well presented, fascinating and with everything covered from cuisine to Bugatti. And...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

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 to be read by the French. That gave us a good idea what...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank HansKuijs
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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 personal stories. The building itself is fascinating, leftover from a...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

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 room is free to enter

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 14 June 2016

This museum is not neutral. It presents the history of immigration into France, and the stories of individual immigrants and refugees, in ways which show empathy and compassion. Our visit coincided with a special exhibition about borders, and how these borders can kill. BUT you...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

The Palais de la Porte Dorée (in the 12th arrondissement) is a classed historical monument, built for the Colonial Exposition of 1931. A symbol of the art deco style, it has housed a tropical aquarium since its creation and, since 2007, the Cité Nationale de...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Bercy / Nation
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lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and
impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small
parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy
Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois
de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on
its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to
this calming neighbourhood where real Parisians make
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