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Palais de la Porte Doree

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Palais de la Porte Dorée: tropical Aquarium and Museum of immigration
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Palais de la Porte Dorée: tropical Aquarium and Museum of immigration
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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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293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
Bercy / Nation
+33 1 53 59 58 60
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

While this wasn't on our must see list, when we decided to visit the aquarium we figured we'd visit the Immigration History Museum. It has a lot of artifacts from different groups have people that have come to France of the years. Some of the...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful museum, very well-structured and complete, both in terms of explanations and artistic installations. Also, it's very up-to-date. The personnel too was very nice. Totally recommended, don't let the location discourage you!

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank CeciFF
Reviewed 31 January 2016

We were totally surprised and very impressed by this wonderful building and its contents The staff were wonderful, cant believe other reviewers complaints We did not do the Aquarium as there was so much to see and read in the Immigration section . The exhibits...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank francoise623
Reviewed 9 January 2016

The museum was closed when we stumbled upon it but still give it five stars for the amazing deco architecture which alone is worth the trip. Also kind of an interesting neighborhood of Paris a bit off the well-worn tourist circuit.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank nycgwm
Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

The only remaining major building from the 1931 colonial exhibition. The outside walls have elaborate frescos explaining trade with the colonies in a 1930s glorified style. Inside you can see a couple of rooms with original furniture and interesting murals. There is free, well done...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

Came across this after getting lost at the end of promenade plantee. Great place, has a musee of immigration and an Aquarium. This all seems way off the tourist trail but it shouldn't be. The museum has some English but all the displays were in...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

What a wonderful surprise this museum was. Although my children do not speak French, there were English translations throughout the museum to make it more than worthwhile. There are special shows every 30 minutes that are only in French unfortunately, but there are some that...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 10 June 2015

The expo is very complete presenting over 100 dresses and other fashion memorabilia. Our guide Maggie was very knowledgeable and added fun stories. She knew everything about all the stylists! We were able to see from a short distance these lovely HAUTE COUTURE dresses...a real...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

We also did the immigration section, but our French is severely limited, so we didn't get much out of it. The aquarium was good for a couple hours. Best visited around noon as earlier there were quite a few school groups which made it difficult...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Reviewed 17 May 2015

The previous reviews have covered it well. I can think of no finer example from the period, well worth the trip. Having been in the business I very much appreciated the highest quality of the craftsmanship. The stone exterior is meticulously carved in high relief,...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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