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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)

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Address: quai Francois Mauriac | 13e, 75706 Paris, France
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This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine...

This modern glass and chrome masterpiece standing on the banks of the Seine River is also one of the largest research libraries in the world.

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Good Special Expos, Bad Architecture

There have been many problems with the design of this grand modern library including the windswept plaza where you enter and take your life in your hands on rainy days. But... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

There have been many problems with the design of this grand modern library including the windswept plaza where you enter and take your life in your hands on rainy days. But inside there are often very good free special expositions, so watch for what is on. The area is a rapidly developing new town.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

You can get there by bus, metro or RER very easily. If your interest is in the library as a structure alone, just go there. However, if you are interested in using the resources, you need to apply for a card for a fee. Reading rooms also require the card, except for limited times in the evening. Even the reference... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

We had several "must see" venues for my companion who is a volunteer guide in the French language at the American Museum of Natural History; I've reviewed each of those sites here on TripAdvisor. I was awarded one site and relied on the wonderful "Atlas Obscura" to guide our steps. It led us to something truly strange and wonderful --... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

We've been here many times to view the temporary exhibits on the subjects of French history and art. Some are free. Come and form your own opinion of the modern architecture of France's major investment in a new library. You might want to avoid the outdoor plaza on a windy or rainy day as it is downright dangerous and a... More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice place for a walk. As it was next to the bus station, then I had to cross it to reach the city. I wish I had had more time to explore this place, seemed to be cool.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 9 April 2016

Inaugurated in December 1996, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - architect D. Perrault - is a resolutely contemporary architecture made of wood, glass and steel. It is arranged around a central garden and consists schematically of a vast rectangular base forming an esplanade and four square towers on the corners. At the top of the garden, the Bibliothèque offers 1,600... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 January 2016

This show displays how Kiefer uses the theme of books in his art works. The exhibition covers two large halls and complements the much larger show running concurrently at the Pompidou Museum. The artist is versatile and inventive but some of the more esoteric endeavors become repetitive.

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Funchal, Portugal
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Designed by the Architect Dominique Perrault. The 4 towers symbolise 4 opened books and simultaneously book shelves facing the lower level forest area protected as a shield box, making it inaccessible and untouchable, as something incomparably valuable, and for that reason can not be touched to not harm.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

To get to the books and research levels you need to be a member. But we had a great time seeing the 20 foot globes form the 1600's and all of the lectures and talks and exhibits that were available.

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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We sought out the Bibliotheque Nacional because it hosted a small and fine exhibit of works by Anselm Keifer, a favorite painter and sculptor. The gallery space is nicely lit, wide-open and very apt for a small show of large-scale objects like this one. The library is obviously very well-used, with a ticketing system for scholars to enter the stacks... More 

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