Music lovers now have more reason than ever to flock to Paris, as the Cité de la Musique is now complete. Designed by the brilliant architect Christian de Portzamparc, this ambitious project opened in 1995 in the heart of the Parc de la Villette. Now, with the recent inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris, the city is complete and awaiting your discovery.
The Cité de la Musique is not to be missed during your stay
Featuring hundreds of concerts a year, the Cité de la Musique offers a treat for fans of live music performances, but that is not all this superb complex has to offer. There is also a Music Museum that is absolutely fascinating. Organised around five areas, four being devoted to western music from the 17th century to date and one to world music, the comprehensive collection on display features many hundreds of musical instruments and rare objets d’art. Included are musical artefacts that once belonged to Django Reinhardt, Frédéric Chopin and Frank Zappa, among other famous names. With audiovisual aids to enhance the experience, you can enjoy a chronological tour of the history of western music and a geographical journey through the music of the rest of the world. Additionally, free concerts are performed each day within the museum, with the musicians available to answer questions.
Now, following the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, the Cité de la Musique experience is complete. This amazing building designed by Jean Nouvel is the new home of the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In addition to hosting symphonic concerts, this 2,400 seat venue will also feature world music, jazz and many more musical genres. The building has been designed to feature conferences, exhibitions and workshops, too, and boasts an 1800 square metre educational hub. Don’t miss the excellent David Bowie exhibition on show until May 31st.
Cité de la musique
Subway : ligne 5, direction Bobigny – Pablo Picasso, sortir à la station Porte de Pantin.
Bus : lines 75, 151 - Noctilien N13 et N41.
Car : parking en sous-sol de la Cité de la musique.
Tramway : T3B arrêt Porte de Pantin.
Stations vélib' : stations face au Café de la musique, au Conservatoire et Porte de Pantin, www.velib.paris.fr.
Stations Autolib’: www.autolib.eu/.
Places parking personnes handicapées - 5 places : 8 rue Adolphe Mille – 9 Rue des Sept Arpents – 159 Rue Manin.
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