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

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Address: 293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 53 59 58 60
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The Palais de la Porte Dorée (in the 12th arrondissement) is a classed...

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 l'Histoire de l'Immigration, which takes a fresh look at the history of France by showing the part that was played by immigrants in economical development, social evolution, and the cultural activities of the country.The permanent exhibition, Repères, is available as an open visit with a free audio guide provided that allows you to follow an itinerary that brings together personal accounts of migrants, report extracts, and old and new works of art.

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Interesting building inside and out

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 of walls erected around the world over the centuries - either to keep people in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 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 museum of immigration upstairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 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 French. Should have got the audio thingos I guess , but I got the gist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 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 are more animated and action packed, making the language barrier less important. Go early because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 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 treat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 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 to linger and observe some of the tanks. A nice cafe inside, also for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 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, the blocks after ¾ of a century still tight. The interior shows great French attention... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I don't know whether it is sneaky or practical, but the Museum of Immigration is really a re-purposed art deco building from the 1931 Colonial Exposition. The irony of going from exotics from afar to exotics who come in is undeniable. That aside the exterior of this building has many, many powerful carvings in cement of French overseas colonies, their... More 

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