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“Art and Architecture, a phantastic experience”

Fondation Louis Vuitton
Ranked #80 of 2,204 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 14 June 2018

The Fondation Louis Vuitton museum of modern art is both worth visiting for the art lovers as well as the architecture buffs, even those with a technically inclined mind will get their hearts contented, as the building is a piece of beautiful art and architecture, as well as an engineering marvel that could only have been built using the 21st century engineering, materials and construction technology. In addition, its myriad terraces, balconies and open spaces scattered around the entire building will keep the visitor in awe during the whole time they are there. You can take the shuttle to visit the Fondation right off the Arc de Triomphe Place Etoile, this guarantees your quick and safe arrival. Otherwise, you can take the subway and walk about 1.5 km along the main avenue in Bois de Boulogne. The art collections are worth a visit of their own. Be aware that the queues are long before you access the ticketing office at the entrance, this is due to the security inspections (x-ray, metal detector, physical examination of your bags and back packs - a necessary evil legacy from the recent terror events). Plan on at least a half day time to properly visit this amazing place. Last but not least, don't mis the Fondation's shop, it is filled with all sorts of marvelous books, artwork, decorations, post cards etc. that you won't know how to decide on what to take home. There are a number of cafes and a restaurant on site, so if you get thirsty or hungry, rest assured, you will have good choices to calm your cravings.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Ah, we loved this place. It was only through my research that I discovered it despite several visits to Paris. What a find!

First, we love Gehry's work. The spaces are unique and it is an adventure exploring all of them. And then there is the location and the Murakami exhibit plus the added benefit of beautiful grounds on a glorious day and a good lunch in a light, airy environment.

It was an adventure we loved.

Thank KarenGr
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Add Fondation Louis Vuitton to your bucket list if you admire art and architecture and enjoy the energy of beautiful spaces! For the architecture alone, it would be worth a visit. But the museum too is very well presented.

The museum has three main levels and is easy to navigate. Some of the art highlights for me were from Dominique Gonzalez, Pierre Huyghe (the astounding film - Human Mask - 2014 is beautifully presented) and Maurizio Cattelan. I always love seeing Alberto Giacometti works too - and there are some of his works presented in the current collection exhibition. Overall the exhibitions had a wonderful sense of spaciousness. The art was presented in an uncluttered manner, so you could focus on each piece.

To save time at the entry queue, tickets for the exhibition can be booked on the fondation website, and they are timed. When I visited, I took the 12 noon (opening) slot, and there were not many people in the gallery at all, so it was easy to linger on any particular work without the pressure of a crowd. You can easily spend a few hours at the gallery.

Getting there is quite simple - though it is on the edge of Paris. You can find out about the bus on the Fondation website, taxi/rideshare or you can take the metro. The closest metro lines are 1 or 2 and you need to walk about 10-15mins from the end of the line. The walk from 2, Porte Dauphain, is through the Bois de Boulogne. It is not paved (so not for heels etc) or particularly well marked (google maps could be handy!) but it is a nice walk.

When you need a break from the art (or not!), you should definitely spend some time on the terrasse at the top of the building. The views are great, and being up close in the sails of the building, feeling it transform the space around you is quite breathtaking.

There's no cafe to speak of - pricey coffee and icecream carts were serving - so I would recommend taking a snack with you. There's a restaurant on the ground floor, but it's for a fancy lunch - not a snack - and you need to book.

Thank WindLover2001
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit, both because of the architecture and the LV collections on show. Personally I like the materials in say the Guggenheim in Bilbao better but impressive nonetheless. The restrooms, sorry to say, are underdimensioned, totally ridiculous for such an important building.

Thank David E
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

The building itself is a masterpiece I did not fully realised until I had been to the very bottom where there are pools with a multitude of mirrors tricking your perceptions, to the very top levels with little gardens and different outlooks over Paris.The modern & contemporary exhibitions I found to be inspiring & thought provoking. I only had an afternoon there but wished I had had more time and will visit again when I return to Paris.
I recommend taking a whole day or doing it over 2 days. If you do go for one day, take a baguette with you for lunch in the gardens as there is only 1 cafe with fairly steep prices and you will need your energy to see everything! Also you can get a return trip for €2 in a minibus from the Arc de Triomphe.

Thank Angie A
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