Palais de Chaillot


The two curved, colonnaded wings of this building (built for the 1937 International Expo) and central terrace afford an exceptional panorama of the Jardins du Trocadéro, Seine and Eiffel Tower. The eastern wing houses the standout Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, devoted to French architecture and heritage, as well as the Théâtre National de Chaillot, staging dance and theatre. The Musée de la Marine (closed for renovations until 2021) and the Musée de l'Homme are housed in the western wing.

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1. Musée de l’Homme

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Opened in 1882, this museum traces the evolution of humankind through artefacts gathered from around the world. Fascinating pieces on display include a…

2. Musée de la Marine

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Located in the western wing of Palais de Chaillot, the Maritime Museum examines France’s naval adventures from the 17th century until the present day, and…

4. Aquarium de Paris Cinéaqua

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Paris’ aquarium, on the eastern side of the Jardins du Trocadéro, has a shark tank and 500-odd fish species to entertain families on rainy days. Three…

5. Musée Guimet des Arts Asiatiques

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Connoisseurs of Japanese ink paintings and Tibetan thangkas won't want to miss the Musée Guimet, the largest Asian art museum in France. Observe the…

6. Musée du Vin

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The Wine Museum, headquarters of the prestigious International Federation of Wine Brotherhoods, introduces visitors to the fine art of viticulture with…

7. Hôtel d'Heidelbach


The often overlooked Hôtel Heidelbach holds some of the Musée Guimet's Asian art collection and is comprised primarily of Chinese furniture and teaware,…

8. Eiffel Tower


There are different ways to experience the Eiffel Tower, from a daytime trip or an evening ascent amid twinkling lights, to a meal in one of its…