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What a journey!

Dedicated to Paris architecture and urban planning, this exhibition space takes the viewer through... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Roy F
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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A Must for Those Who Love Paris History

The Pavillon's permanent exhibit is a detailed history of the city of Paris in pictures, video and... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

The building that houses the exhibitions presents.a traditional facade but the interior is adapted to large scale displays. An extraordinary floating ceiling of freeform metal strips is an interesting feature, which visitors can see from above by climbiing to the third level.

The ground floor presentation charts the development - in pictures, maps, models and photos - of Paris from its earliest days to the present, covering city boundaries, housing, public spaces, roads, monuments etc. There is accompanying text in French and English and video presentations with commentary in French only. The centre of the floorspace is taken up by a giant 'screen' which is in fact an interactive Google Earth display of Paris,
operated from a console alongside it.

The second floor has a temporary exhibition - Paris at Night - which follows the history of Paris once again, this time through a series of night-time images. There are numerous reproductions of great art works and photographs, showing the city at work and at play, all at night, with a focus on Paris as the city of light.

My only criticism was that, ironically, the room was a little too dark and because most of the photographs were quite small, it was not always easy to see them properly and even more difficult to read the small print of the captions.

The third level showed the work of local students who had obviously been invited to submit their designs for areas of Paris that are currently being redesigned and developed (for example, the area around Les Halles)

The attractions of the Pavillon de l'Arsenal are free and it is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed 25 May 2013 via mobile

Free entry. Ground floor has very interesting exhibit on the history of Paris, starting in the Middle Ages. This is in French and English. There is also an interactive map of Paris on a large part of the floor atea on multiple adjoined monitors - Google Maps on a very large screen! The upper floors have the temporary exhibition Paris la Nuit which while interesting is in French only so of limited value to English mono linguists. Coffee machine (0.50 Euro and reasonable quality) and Toilets are on the ground floor. Top floor contains childrens activity area.

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Reviewed 13 April 2013

It rained, so we were looking for free things to do in the area. This was within walking distance of the Victor Hugo Museum so we took our chances. And what a surpirse. At first you think you've walked into the wrong place. There was no one else in there when we arrived. However, we pciked up one of the portable chairs that they so handily provide (great after a long day walking) and made our way around the exhibits.
It basically charts the history of Paris, it's buildings, boundaries, metro system and anything else architectural. The more modern pieces were a little less interesting, but we really enjoyed learning about how Paris began and grew in the past.
Make a special effort if you have an hour to spare.

Date of experience: April 2013
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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2017
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Date of experience: October 2017
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