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Arts & Museums
The building that is now home to this museum originally belonged to painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) and his nephew, the writer Ernest Renan. After their deaths, the place became a celebration of their lives and their circle of intellectual friends, which included Chopin, Delacroix and George Sand. The museum's main room (devoted entirely to Sand) exhibits a selection of the novelist's personal belongings, including a collection of watercolors, lockets and jewelry. Temporary exhibitions on 19th-century artistic and literary life are organized on a regular basis in Ary Scheffers studio.
La Grande Loge de France is a museum dedicated to French masonry. It has over 2500 different objects on display including artifacts from the 18th to the 20th Century. History lovers can also visit the museum library to browse through an extensive collection of over 15,0000 masonry books and documents. Visit website for more details.
The Salle Boris Vian typically hosts a most unusual program of exhibits, including many which focus on transportation and vehicles or are organized around a particular historical period. Visitors are likely to learn some surprising facts; for example, a car made the world record for fuel consumption in 1987 at 1.94 liters per 100 kilometers ... that's 124 miles per gallon!
In keeping with its location in the Pigalle area - well known for its sex shops and Moulin Rouge cabaret - this museum devoted to erotic art has over 2000 sculptures, paintings and objets d'art from all over the world. As well as the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and private collections are organized on a regular basis. The museum is also open at night.
Located at his three-floor residence, Musée National Gustave-Moreau is testament to the life and works of the French artist of the Symbolist movement, Gustave Moreau. Fulfilling his last wish, this museum exhibits his splendid art that influenced the Surrealism movement, as well as artists of the present time. Admire thought-provoking paintings, sketches, drawings, as well as sculptures that find inspiration in literature, the Bible and Greek mythology. Get an insight on Moreau's views by reading his descriptions, and gather your own interpretation from the fantastical characters as well. His renowned masterpiece, Jupiter and Semele, is a highlight of the exhibition.
The Hamadryade is an art gallery located in the district of Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, very near the Moulin de la Galette. This atypical space s aim is to discover current artists who have an innovative stylistic approach, and to promote well-known contemporary artists. There is a peculiar atmosphere with these exhibitions of contemporary, figurative or abstract paintings, sculptures, jewels or small pieces of furniture. Throughout both the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions, Hamadryade Gallery provides a diversified artistic experience. The pieces of art are for sale both in the gallery, as well as online.
While shopping at the hip Galeries Lafayette, check out their contemporary art gallery on the first floor. Galerie des Galeries does not have a permanent collection but displays upcoming national and international artists. Their rotating exhibits includes design, fashion and visual arts.
This underground museum, circled by black walls and dramatic lighting, presents relatively little known sculptures and engravings of Salvador Dalí's late work. Espace Dalí is the only museum in France showcasing a permanent exhibition of the surrealist master's work. Come here to discover the amazing bronzes illustrating some of the main masterpieces of western literature, like Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and the Bible. Experience the world of the artist while strolling through the sculptures. Don't miss the Soft Watches or the Melting Snails, both dating from the 1970s and mirroring the artist's obsession for the fantastic and bizarre.
Forming a part of Music Department of the National Library of France, Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris is a historic museum and a library. It presently has a reading room dating back to 1991 along with the living room, temporary exhibits at the low rotunda and permanent collections at the old smokehouse. A vast collection of books including 15,000 scores and 30,000 librettos. Admission to the library and museum is free. Check the website for more details.
Not far from the Place Vendôme, a beautiful 19th-century mansion houses the Musée des Parfumeries-Fragonard. The history of perfume over the last 3000 years is retraced here through a collection of flasks, porcelain scent bottles, engravings and paintings. How to distill, what kind of ingredients are used to create perfumes - this is the sort of information visitors will find out here. This museum is recommended to all those attracted to the sophisticated universe of scents.
An 18th-century residence open to visitors as a museum, the Musée Nissim de Camondo has some interesting period furniture and fine art. Visitors will find enchanting collections of paintings, sculpture, silverware, china ware and carpets. It belonged to the Comte Moïse de Camondo who bequeathed the house to Les Arts Décoratifs (then known only as Arts Décoratifs), a private organization that promotes art and culture.
The Musée Cernuschi houses the Asian art collection gathered by the Milanese banker and politician, Enrico Cernuschi, during his long trip to the far East in 1871. He displayed his art treasures in his hôtel particulier (private mansion) located near the Parc Monceau and bequeathed them to the city of Paris on his death. The objects exhibited include paintings, ceramics, silk paintings and funerary statues. You'll find a unique and carefully cultivated collection. Stand back to admire the bronze vase dating from the 12th Century BCE then view the silk paintings The Tigress and Horses and Stablemen by the 8th Century court artist Han Kan.