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Palais de la Porte Doree - Musee de l'histoire de l'immigration

293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
+33 1 53 59 58 60
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Former colonial museum tries to change

We, two Dutchies, went to this museum to obtain special insights about immigration, unfortunately... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
via mobile
Unusual Museum

This museum is devoted to the subject of immigration to France. One learns a tremendous amount... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
Bercy / Nation
+33 1 53 59 58 60
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank HansKuijs
Reviewed 21 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

Thank Thomas V
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

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 15 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

Thank PublicTransportFan
Reviewed 9 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

2  Thank yvesganansia
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

Thank jelico8
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!

Thank Cecilia F
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

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.

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

Thank GlobetrottingSwede
Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise
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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