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Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Ranked #401 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Dedicated to Paris architecture and urban planning, this exhibition space takes the viewer through the history of Paris by walking the circumference of the ground floor observing illustrated timelines and flat screen displays that move one from medical times through to today. The contributions of architects and urban planners are interestingly presented. This is a fine exhibit with free admission. Recommended.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Walking in Paris my wife and I stumbled on this wonderful small museum of the urban development of Paris. There is a large model of the city and a series of photos and descriptions which have English captions in addition to the French arranged on the walls which give a great historical perspective on Paris's development. Interestingly the thing that is most known about Paris history, Baron Hausmann's plan in the mid-ninetennth century is not emphasized. There is also a small seating area with tables and chairs and a place to buy refreshments, a welcome rest spot for walking around Paris. I was disapointed that the shop did not have many post cards or books that reflected the exhibition. This museum was recently featured in a New York Times travel article on "36 hour visit to Paris" .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bob V
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

The permanent expo here is on the history of the development of Paris with lots of good photos and painting reproductions showing how the city has changed over the centuries. Check the listing to see what the temporary expos are as they are often good. And it's free!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Not a monument or museum, but if you find the built form of Paris interesting and want to know more about its development from early days to now and likely developments, including the notable contributions of Haussmann from the late 19th to early 20th Century (all those stunning stone buildings that grab the eye throughout Paris), you will find this worthwhile.
There is a wealth of material, well-presented and easy to take in.
Entry is free.
There is a special Haussmann exhibition.
Unfortunately, the material has not been reduced to pamphlet or book form, which would have been great, but I guess this body has an eye to service rather than profit - personally, I think it's a missed opportunity all round. They do, however have material accessible on their website, including videos.
Paris is being re-built every day - limited space, pressure on use. If the sight of Montparnasse tower shocks you like a sore thumb, consider how much of what we think defines Paris (Haussmann?) will survive even our lifetime.
Don't assume it's forever.
This isn't for everyone - more cerebral than celebrated - but if you have any interest in this subject matter, it is not to be missed.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Pavillon's permanent exhibit is a detailed history of the city of Paris in pictures, video and words, translated to English. Follow the time line and see how the city has developed. There are often temporary exhibits on the theme of urban planning and design. Great interactive map where you can enter an address and see the bird's eye view. Oh, and it's free!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Thomas V
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