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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
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Description: 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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The aquarium is wonderful

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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Paris, France
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5 attraction reviews
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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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Boulder
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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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Seattle, WA
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This incredible edifice is covered in bas relief sculpture in a golden coloured stone with large square pillars. Inside with its equisite inlaid wood floors and enormous wall paintings is a monument to French colonies. There are exhibitions on peoples' emigratiofrom these colonies as well as immigration to France from other parts of the world. Sadly the staff's manner does... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This museum dedicated to immigration to France is housed in a building that was constructed for the international colonial exhibition of 1931. It is interesting from an architectural point of view and the ground floor can be visited without paying, as the museum per se is on the upper floors. The beautiful art deco office of the exhibition's director with... More 

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Bronxville, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was looking for something more 'off the beaten path,' as it's currently a school vacation week and I wanted to go to a museum that would not be too crowded where I would not have to wait on a long line. Well, it turns out that this exhibit, being in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, is in the... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Hello i’m a chinese tourist , I came to visit the museum of history of immigration. It was very interresting and not very expensive, but the museum is a bit little. I have seen some many things about the immigrant like where they came, their history, their difficult condition and their job. But in the museum there are some many... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a great aquarium and gallery. It wasn't overly big, and was quite easy to navigate around. There are oodles of species of wonderfully coloured tropical fish, a pond of turtles, and a ring of crocodiles! It's a great place for 2 hours of investigation, with English translations everywhere. Obviously family friendly, and only about £10pp to get in.... More 

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