There has also always been the Tropical Aquarium, even while the building was undergoing renovations, but with the opening of the Musee Quai Branly in 2006, the collections of the museum at that time were transferred to the new location.
However, the historical nature of the building with its impressive frescos and decor, which has been classified as one of the historical monuments in Paris, was still able to be visited, and it was not long before plans were put in place to create a new museum in Paris within the building itself.
And so, this multi-disciplinary cultural centre and its museum called the Musee Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration were first opened within the Palais de la Porte Doree in 2007, and includes documentation, photographs, films and numerous objects including art works, plus there are also themed temporary exhibitions.
There are numerous interactive displays at this unique museum in Paris that recount the history of immigration from the 19th century within the permanent collection called Landmarks.
Yet there are also themed temporary exhibitions that take place throughout the year and to run along side these, such as recent one all relating to Algeria, there are theatre productions, music events, lectures and much more for those that want to discover more.
Access to the Musee Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
As we have mentioned before, the National Centre of the History of Immigration in France is located within the historical building of the Palais de la Porte Doree, and within the same building you can discover the Palais de la Porte Doree - Aquarium Tropical with around 300 different species of fish along with the impressive historical rooms of the building.
And this is located in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris close to Bercy, where you can discover unusual museums such as the Musee des Arts Forains Fairground Museum and the fabulous Bercy Park, the shopping village and much more including numerous restaurants in Paris, so, as you can no doubt tell, this area of the city has a lot to offer for a day out, when you are on holiday in Paris.
Now the Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration museum is open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am and on weekdays closes at 5.30pm whereas on weekends it closes at 7pm and you may be pleased to know that there is access for the disabled via the entrance on Rue Armand Rousseau.
However, we would like to point out that last entry is a minimum of 45 minutes before closing time, and this unusual museum in Paris is always closed on a Monday and on national French holidays such as 1st May.
The cost of entry is €4.50 for the permanent collection as of 2013, however, when there are temporary exhibitions being held, the cost goes up to €6. But you can also obtain a combined ticket to visit the Tropical Aquarium as well, which ranges in cost from €8 up to €10 for an individual depending whether there are temporary exhibitions at either of these tourist attractions in Paris. Yet visiting the historical section of the Palais de la Porte Doree, such as the original ballroom and admiring the frescos, etc, is completely free to enter.
When it comes to the public transport system in Paris, you can utilise the metro via line 8 stopping at the Porte Doree station, the bus numbered 46 or the recent addition of the Tramway on line T3.
Attractions at the Palais de la Porte Doree
- Palais de la Porte Doree Museum and Monument in Paris
- Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium
Address and Contact Details
Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
Palais de la Porte Doree
293 Avenue Daumesnil
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 59 58 60
Tourist attractions close by
- Cirque Phenix
- Bercy Village
- Parc de Bercy
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Musee Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration Museum
This museum in Paris is also a cultural centre dedicated to the history of immigration from the 19th century through to the present day, and along with the permanent exhibitions there are lectures, workshops, an auditorium and a cinema room showing themed films.
About the Cite Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration Museum in Paris
The Palais de la Porte Doree was first constructed in 1931 for the colonial International Exhibition in Paris with a museum dedicated to the colonies and even though the focus has changed over the years, it has always housed a museum.