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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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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 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is devoted to the subject of immigration to France. One learns a tremendous amount here about the waves of newcomers to France, how it has changed over the centuries. Lots of photos, some personal stories. The building itself is fascinating, leftover from a bizarre international expo that celebrated France's empire.

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We loved the outrageous architecture of the building but didn't care too much about the museum. The good thing is that you don't need to pay the museum just to see the building, since even the main room is free to enter

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

This museum is not neutral. It presents the history of immigration into France, and the stories of individual immigrants and refugees, in ways which show empathy and compassion. Our visit coincided with a special exhibition about borders, and how these borders can kill. BUT you need to be comfortable with French, as there is a lot of text (and audio)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

While this wasn't on our must see list, when we decided to visit the aquarium we figured we'd visit the Immigration History Museum. It has a lot of artifacts from different groups have people that have come to France of the years. Some of the pieces they included were surprising and interesting. I thought the coffee items were particularly interesting.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 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 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 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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