Institut de France
Within the Institut de France , the Mazarine Library is France’s oldest public library, founded in 1643. You can visit the bust-lined,...
Musée de la Monnaie de Paris
Due to have reopened after extensive renovations by the time you're reading this, the Parisian Mint Museum traces the history of French...
Café La Palette
In the heart of gallery land, this fin-de-siècle cafe and erstwhile stomping ground of Paul Cézanne and Georges Braque attracts a...
Gourmets can spend a little or a lot at this modern épicerie (delicatessen) and cantine (hip, casual eating place), a real foodie...
23 quai de Conti, 6e · interesting places nearby
Institut de France information
The French Institute, created in 1795, brought together five of France’s academies of arts and sciences. The most famous of these is the Académie Française (French Academy), founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu. Its 40 members, known as the Immortels (Immortals), have the Herculean (some say impossible) task of safeguarding the purity of the French language.
The domed building housing the institute, across the Seine from the Louvre’s eastern end, is a masterpiece of French neoclassical architecture.