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Museum of Modern Art City of Paris

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Address: 11 avenue du President Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
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10:00 - 18:00
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Thu 10:00 - 22:00
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Located in the East wing of the Palais de Tokyo, built for the 1937...

Located in the East wing of the Palais de Tokyo, built for the 1937 international exposition, the museum was inaugurated in 1961. Its rich collections, with over 9,000 works, illustrate the major artistic themes of the 20th and 21st century: Fauvism, Cubism, the School of Paris, Abstract Art, New Realism, Narrative Representation, Conceptual Art, Supports/Surfaces... Its programming addresses national and international issues through monographic or historic thematic exhibits. The ARC (Animation-Recherche- Confrontation, Activities-Research-Debate) presents the latest artistic research.

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Almost always has something great. Exhibits are well laid out and the shows are typically expansive. Great if you like Modern art.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

90 percent of the great permanent collection was blocked off for some reason. The rest of the free exhibit, while quite nice, really doesn't justify a trip here. Maybe they were renevating. Quite a disappointement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Almost always has something great. Exhibits are well laid out and the shows are typically expansive. Great if you like Modern art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

A very nice museum with modern an contemporary art. Focus is mainly on French painting after the impressionists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I saw a Metro poster advertising the Bernard Buffet retrospective so had to make a visit & very pleased I did. Excellent exhibition of one of my favourite painters, there is also a very good BB exhibition at the Musee de Montmartre at the moment. The café was also very good with excellent quality food at a reasonable price, very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Attracted by a poster on the Metro, we visited the Bernard Buffet retrospective exhibition. The Museum is excellent, pictures well displayed, audio guide easy to use and café provided beautiful light meals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

It's free! Unless you visit the temporary exhibitions which you have to pay for. The permanent exhibitions include Picasso, Braque and Delaunay so well worth a visit. The layout is a bit confusing. Go downstairs in the entrance to find the exhibits. Restaurant offered good food at reasonable prices. A hidden and rather unknown gem that we thoroughly enjoyed!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A lovely place to visit near the banks of the Seine. Quality modern collection in the beautiful Palais de Tokyo. Entry is free too which is a nice bonus.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A great modern collection is a space more modest in scale than the Pompidou. I particularly enjoyed Nike de Saint Phalle's "Cathedral" and the temporary exhibit on Evan and Adele.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have had the good fortune to visit Paris several times, so we were looking to see something we hadn't been to when we came across this easy to get to museum right along the Seine. The building and its entrances are quite striking, and the free permanent exhibits are a pleasure for modern art enthusiasts. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is not one of the top museums in Paris, but it is a pleasure to visit. The place is not overcrowded, free entry for the permanent collection. Perhaps the highlight is Raoul Dufy's "La Fée électricité". The museums has great works by Sonia Delaunay, among many others.

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