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French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise
Ranked #189 of 1,276 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 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 design flaw.

Thank Thomas V
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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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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 reading spaces spread across 5 departments (sciences and technical subjects; art and literature; political, legal and economical sciences; philosophy, history, human sciences and sociology; audiovisual). The collections (300,000 volumes) are accessible for those aged 16 and over. A part of the Library, situated at the garden level, is reserved for research workers. Two exhibition rooms can host temporary exhibitions which highlight heritage collections housed in different sites (Richelieu, Arsenal, François Mitterrand, Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra). A programme of concerts and conferences is offered in two auditoriums.

3  Thank yvesganansia
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Reviewed 30 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.

Thank MILOUW
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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.

2  Thank Murteiras_Apartment
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